By Kevin Thole
While fire damage is something no property owner ever wants to experience, it does happen. If you find yourself in this situation, having an understanding of the six types of fire damage will make it easier to deal with the aftermath, such as working with the fire restoration company to protect your home’s remains and filing insurance claims. The following offers a quick look at the six classes of damage, as well as the difference between primary and secondary fire damage.
Class A Fire Damage: This type of damage results from a fire involving flammable solids, such as clothing, curtains, paper, certain plastics, rubber, and wood.
Class B Fire Damage: This is defined as any damage resulting from flammable solids or liquids that can become liquefied, which includes gas, various types of plastic, waxes, or petrol, paint, and certain oils. However, any damage that results from cooking with cooking oils or fats is not part of this class.
Class C Fire Damage: To be categorized as Class C, a flammable gas, such as butane, hydrogen, natural gas, or propane, must have been the cause of the fire.
Class D Fire Damage: Class D Fire damage is the result of a fire caused by a combustible metal, such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium. This type of damage is rare.
Class E Fire Damage: To be placed in class E, the damage must have involved electrical equipment and included materials from either class A or class B. The introduction of the electrical equipment means that not only is this type of fire very difficult to fight, but the damage is significantly different than what is seen in Class A or B.
Class F Fire Damage: Class F Fire damage is caused by cooking with unsaturated fats or oils. This type of fire tends to be much hotter than other fires, which typically causes more extensive damage.
Primary vs. Secondary Fire Damage
In addition to classifying fires by type, many insurance companies will label the damage as primary or secondary. Primary damage is a direct result of the fire’s flames, while secondary fire damage results from the smoke and other corrosive substances released into the air by the fire. It is not unusual for secondary damage to account for most of the damage in a fire.
Contact the Experts
If you have experienced a fire, always contact a professional restoration company for help. They have the skills and training to handle any disaster. The specialist will have your property back to normal in no time.