I am sure everyone realizes that fires are hot. You may be surprised how hot? As you can see in this picture, that the paint on the cinder block walls actually bubbled due to the heat. The heat along the ceiling of a fire can reach 1,000-1,400 degrees. Although the brick was not structurally damaged, we did need to scrap the paint off, clean the surface and then repaint.
This fire was isolated to a small area of the building, but the fire started in the garbage chute and it carried the fire to all 15 floors and caused smoke damage in residential units on every floor. SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County was able to take care of all of these families and got them back into their units quickly!!