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After a fire loss – dealing with your insurance company

January 21, 2022 • By Dennis Beaver 

The proper smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms can mean the difference between having a home to live in and employees not out of a job because the boss wasn’t one of the 80% of deaths from home fires that occur between the hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“Anna” and “Danny” were not one of those statistics because they had a CO detector that went off early in the morning of Dec. 28, 2021.

“It was a smoldering, ceiling fire in our attic with little smoke, but which created carbon monoxide. Our Kidde CO detector woke us from a deep sleep, giving us time to call 911. Only a small bathroom and laundry area off of the kitchen were damaged,” Danny said.

“We would appreciate any guidance you can offer so we don’t do the wrong things with our insurance claim.”

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