Fire Damage Photo Gallery

Fire Damage From Common Household Appliances

According to the NFPA, cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and injuries. Simple things that you use every day could leave you with smoke and fire damage like it did in this home. A toaster was the source of the damage here, and thankfully it didn't engulf the home in flames as these incidents can sometimes do. Fires spread quickly, so it important to stay aware when using cooking equipment. Make sure to only plug one heat-producing appliance into an outlet at a time. This includes toasters, coffee makers, space heaters, etc. 

In need of fire damage repair? Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna at 507-200-3700


This Mankato house fire began in the kitchen, a common starting place for many fires, and caused damage throughout the house in a short amount of time.

In just five minutes a fire can engulf an entire residence. Within those few minutes, smoke alarms may help your family stay safe. Working smoke alarms significantly increase the chances of surviving a deadly home fire, so it is important to test your smoke alarm batteries once a month and change them at least once a year. Preparing a fire escape plan and practicing it twice a year is also a good idea to help keep your family safe in the case of a house fire. If you do experience a fire, it is important to be prepared. After a fire, know that SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is here to help!

Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna @ 507-200-3700 to assist you with your fire restoration needs and to learn about fire safety tips visit:


SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna restores homes down to the last detail. We strive to bring your home back to preloss conditions, and that includes light fixtures and other things some people might overlook. Soot spreads quickly and leaves residue that can be dangerous, so while some might think they can remove it on their own with a washcloth, it is important that it is removed properly from everything in your home. Standard cleaning products could cause further damage and may not get rid of the oil residue and odors.


Soot can be more than just unsightly - it can also be dangerous.

After a fire, soot can be found on anything and everything, even cobwebs, as seen in this photo. Soot can be hard to remove and may decrease air quality and increase health risks, so it is important to take care of it right away. Even if you haven't experienced a house fire, soot may still be present in your Mankato, Owatonna, or Waseca home, as it is commonly found in chimneys. The fine dark-colored powered that composes soot may contain a number of carcinogens, so it is recommended that your exposure to it is very limited. Limiting your exposure to soot can be made easy by calling SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna after a fire or after discovering soot in your home. When dealing with soot, know that it can travel through-out your home faster than you think. Just walking from one room to another can transfer acidic residues, so use caution.


Fire is hot and it spreads quickly.

Did you know…

Heat from a fire can be more threatening than flames!

The temperatures in this home fire became so hot the fire spread from the garage to the hallway, then quickly to the kitchen causing damage to many parts of the home. Many ceilings were affected.

As quickly as fires spread and rise, so do the temperatures. After assessing the loss from the fire, we discovered most of the rooms away from the fire were also damaged by black smoke & soot.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can help when fires happen. We will create a plan to get your home back to its preloss condition. We have certified and trained technicians to tackle all the concerns fire & smoke leave behind.

Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna @ 507-200-3700 to assist you with your fire restoration needs and to learn about fire safety tips visit:


Fires can start for several reasons. This photo shows proof that appliances can be the culprit of home fires. In this home the heat from the fire began melting everything around and with this fire came significant smoke damage. The customer called SERVPRO to start the restoration process. Due to the skills and knowledge of our restoration team, this customer was able to get back to the comfort of their home in less time as expected.

Electrical and Appliance Maintenance is essential. Checking your appliances for frayed, damaged or old wires is important fire prevention. Remember, if an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.  

Sometimes not all appliance fires can be explained. It is beneficial to call a fire inspection professional to check your homes safety if you are not sure how to perform these maintenance checks.


Our technicians arrived on scene after a small fire in Eagle Lake MN. There was significant smoke and soot damage to this bathroom. Our technicians and cleaning crew were able to clean the soot from the walls and ceiling.

When you call our team of professionals we will investigate and inspect all areas effected and come up with a fire restoration plan for you because all fires and situations are different.

DID YOU KNOW? Soot travels through out your home faster than you think. Just walking from one room to another can transfer acidic residues. 

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna has responded to dozens of calls and are highly trained to assist in the event of fire or smoke.