React Ireland begin the clean-up task following a devastating fire that caused major damage to 7 homes in Newtownabbey.
7 homes in Newtownabbey (Ballyduff) suffered severe fire damage on the 19th May 2018. The blaze became ferocious after starting at an oil tank at the rear of one the affected properties and spread quickly along the row of houses.
It was declared as a major incident by the NI Fire and Rescue Service who had 50 personnel at the site but due to their swift and professional action thankfully there were no casualties.
The real work then began for React once the structural engineers established the properties were safe to enter. Our recovery teams were swiftly dispatched to salvage and protect the contents and belongings in the 7 affected homes from further damage and potential theft. All undamaged and restorable items were carefully wrapped and packed and removed from site to our secure facilities for cleaning and restoration.
React officers also arranged storage of the occupants belongings until home repairs are completed. The contents that had been destroyed by the fire, our expert recovery crews assessed, photographed and inventoried each individual item providing this information to the policyholders and their loss adjusters.
Now at the stage of having all 7 affected properties cleared of their contents, the next one is the huge task of repairing the badly damaged buildings. Our surveyors are currently working with the structural engineers to determine the structural works required and preparing a detailed schedule of works for approval.
These repair works and fire damage repair will take our building and repair crews several months to complete. We will continue to provide you updates on the progress of the project along the way.