Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fire Damage

Today's photo is of a 1912 structure in Corona, California. No permit history on this structure for its existence and or evolution over the years. Disrepair throughout the property but a newer roof system.

This is where the fun starts.. As I enter the attic the smell of charcoal is noticeable. As I move the flashlight beam throughout the attic, there it is.. "Fire Damage". Not just discoloring but complete structural degradation at rafters, studs, cripple walls and joists.

How can this be? Obviously a significant fire event occurred. Did an insurance company pay a claim? How did this get re-roofed over the fire damage? Was there a permit? We found out later, there were no permits and little information about its current condition. What we do know is it's time to call the structural engineer.

Remember, always use licensed contractors when working on your property, pull those permits when required and when in doubt, error on the side of safety.

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