Historical Building Burned by Fire

Orono Apartment Fire

On July 9th, 2009 Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration was contacted by the property owner and the insurance company regarding an overnight fire in an apartment building in Orono. The building was uninhabitable and they needed the property secured. Paul Davis Restoration was on site the same day and had all the doors and windows boarded up. On day two, after the fire, Paul Davis Restoration was on site evaluating and assessing the entirety of damage caused by the fire.  During this inspection process Paul Davis Restoration identified the property had asbestos siding on four walls, and would require special handling and site containment.  Paul Davis Restoration also suspected asbestos on the interior, in floors, and possible pipe insulation. Paul Davis Restoration immediately contacted the asbestos abatement company to start the ball rolling and getting estimates, both monetarily and time wise, for the removal of asbestos. Paul Davis Restoration was fully in motion with this even before we were officially hired to do further work.  It has been Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration’s experience, with major losses similar to this one, that the property owners typically are unsure of what to do next, where to begin, or what to expect.  Therefore, Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration will almost always jump right in, get the ball rolling and offer as much help as we can.

After several conversations with the property owners, they quickly understood the task at hand was far more work and much more complex than what might have first appeared; also the work needing to be done was far different than what most people were telling them. Home owners should always be cautious of advice coming from people who are not well educated in this field.  Bad information could lead into a lot of trouble and potential fines.  Once the property owners were up to speed with some of the current regulations they made the decision to sign contracts with us for the handling of asbestos removal and necessary further site sampling. With contacts signed Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration continued with the process, permits needed from DEP, scheduling and coordination of disposal, containment of site and actual siding removal. Once the asbestos removal was completed Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration was able to move forward with demolition of the actual building. According to an Engineer’s report the building was found structurally unsound and needed to come down.  Because this building sat upon a corner lot, bordered by two very busy streets, there were many other considerations now needing attention.  Before anything could be done Dig Safe had to be notified, and it was needed to allow 3 days for this process to work.  With this hurdle out of the way, Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration then needed to contact the local Police, Fire, Public Works, and Code Enforcement to coordinate with each department.  Due to the potential hazard present when taking the building down we needed to have the local Police Department close off the two streets for a period of time and reroute traffic around the demolition site.  Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration found it necessary to set up a meeting, with all the departments present, so we could address potential troubled spots.  For example, the Fire Department needed to make sure they had immediate access to both streets in case of emergency, Public Works needed to stay informed for detour signs, traffic cones, etc., the Police Department needed advanced notice so they could schedule officers for the day of building demolition.  Code Enforcement and the town office needed to be also kept in the loop to assure all permits were in place and all safety issues had been addressed.  As you can imagine there were many phone conversations, e-mails, and much scheduling done to achieve the final permit.  With the permit in hand we could set a date for the actual demolition of building.  It is worth noting here, this process took the better part of 8 weeks.  Yet as we say here at Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration, “What we do here seems second nature to us now, yet this work is a major undertaking and often much greater task than the average person can deal with. All we are doing is our job as we understand it, helping people in need, when times are most difficult.”

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