Millinocket Maine Fire
Keith Trembley Builder, Inc. / Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine arrived at the home and did emergency board up, closed openings of basement windows and gable end vents. It was quickly determined that the cause of the fire was kindling fire wood was stacked to closely to boiler unit, located in the basement. The basement of the home was a total loss. Removal of wall coverings such as v-match pine boards in family room and sheetrock in other locations was needed for cleaning. A bathroom located in the basement was demolished and disposed of because of the damage done. Severe charring of floor framing, a main carrying beam, and stair framing made it necessary to remove and replace these building materials.
The main level sustained primarily smoke and water damage. The fire ran up the chimney chase and into the hallway as well as the main bathroom. These areas took the bulk of the fire damage, removal and reconstruction of framework had to be done to return the home to pre fire. Because of the heavy soot on bathroom accessories (tub, toilet, vanity, etc.) the room was pronounced a complete loss. In the remainder of the main level all acoustical ceiling tiles, attic insulation, and flooring were removed. The walls, doors, windows, kitchen cabinets and most trim are salvageable and will return to pre loss condition once cleaned and applicable items are refinished.
One of the major upgrades the Millinocket homeowner has had us do to his home is to replace the attic’s fiberglass insulation with blown in cellulose insulation. In allowing this to be done he accepted not being able to access this area and use it as storage (as it was before) but decided that the money saved in energy spent far outweighs a little bit of storage space.
The main level of this Millinocket home will be very similar to the way it was pre fire. The basement, however, will be totally different as he decided to invest in the Total Basement Finishing process. Not only is he having us install the TBF wall panels he is also having us remove any porous materials that were relatively unaffected by his loss. We will be installing metal studding where kiln dried walls once stood, TBF wall panels in place of v-match, composite trim instead of pine boards, and a suspended ceiling vs. sheetrock.