What to expect in the days, months and years after a house fire

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What to expect in the days, months and years after a house fire

Victims tell stories of recovery: ‘It totally consumes everything – all of your time and your thoughts’
David and Mandy Minton’s house burned Sept. 14 in the 100 block of Ridge Road in the Rafter J subdivision. The Mintons are rebuilding on the same property. “Our whole life is fire-related right now,” Mandy Minton said. No one was injured in the blaze.

What to expect in the days, months and years after a house fire

David and Mandy Minton’s house burned Sept. 14 in the 100 block of Ridge Road in the Rafter J subdivision. The Mintons are rebuilding on the same property. “Our whole life is fire-related right now,” Mandy Minton said. No one was injured in the blaze.
Fire recovery tips

Fire victims and professionals offer advice about how to prevent and prepare for a fire and shared tips about the recovery process after a fire.
House chores: Clean your chimney. Install or check fire and carbon monoxide detectors. The American Red Cross has a free fire detector program.Insurance: Have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance and update it regularly.Property: Take pictures or videos of your belongings to help recoup losses. Store them digitally and update them regularly.Documents: Put important documents, such as marriage licenses and passports, in a fire-safe box. Protect heirlooms in the same way when possible.Wildfire: Clear brush and other plants away from house.Immediately after a fire: Contact landlord, mortgage company, insurance company and the American Red Cross.Mental health: Keep healthy habits, rest and take advantage of community support.

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