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Protein Fire

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Protein Fire

You had dinner cooking and the phone rang, then you had visitors knocking on your door and lost track of time. An hour or two later you realize your long-awaited meal is now a charred clump of chicken or roast with a pot of burnt beans – with a distinct, overwhelming rancid smell. What you have actually created is what the Restoration Industry refers to as a Protein Fire .Smoke damage resulting from the extreme burn of a protein enriched fiber.

At first glance, protein fires do not appear to cause any damage to your home and contents. But in fact, the aftermath of a protein fire is an invisible and often sticky, foul smelling residue that coats the many surfaces throughout your home.

Restoration after this kind of fire requires special products and experience.

When you experience this kind of damage, DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent residue from being embedded into your upholstery and carpeting.
  • Keep your hands clean. Residue on hands can soil upholstery, woodwork and walls.
  • Place old linens on rugs, upholstery and areas where there is traffic..
  • Contact your insurance company to make a claim.


  • Attempt to clean anything. Household cleaners applied to the surfaces will not clean away the residue.
  • Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, as they may be contaminated.
  • Attempt to launder your clothing,  clothing from a protein fire require specialized cleaning.
  • Wait to call our office for professional help!

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