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Two Elementary Schools Restored After Sulphur Fire

Project Details
  • Project Type: Fire & Smoke Damage
  • Building Type: Educational Facility
  • Contact: First Pick Builders, Inc. - Lakeport, CA
  • Date of Loss: October 2017

The Sulphur Fire, one of the dozens of wildfires that devastated the state of California in October 2017, blazed for nearly three weeks and destroyed over 150 structures, while damaging several others. Included in those damaged were the Pomo and Burns Valley Elementary Schools of Konocti Unified School District.

The fire left contamination of smoke and soot throughout both campuses.

Two days after the Sulphur Fire had started, Dana Moore, Director of Services Maintenance/ Operations for the School Systems, called First Pick Builders, Inc., a DKI member company, onsite to deep clean and deodorize both campuses for their opening of classes that coming Monday, October 15. Together, this project was over 87,000 square feet.

With 20 of its employees spending an entire three-day-weekend, working 12 hours each day, the First Pick team effectively restored both campuses, involving 60 classrooms, two kitchens, two libraries, two gymnasiums and 18 offices. They used 74 hydroxly generators, alongside 74 air movers, six air scrubbers, 55 gallons of Concrobium, over 200 pairs of gloves and over 1,600 microfiber towels.

The schools were able to open on time without a trace of fire or smoke damage. And, the teachers and staff of both schools were extremely grateful for First Pick’s immediate response and quality work.

“Rarely in our lives do we ever get to come back to a classroom that looks better than when we left it.”Robann Hill, Pomo Elementary School’s 5th Grade Teacher
“I have a couple of students who have severe asthma, (and) it’s my job to keep my babies safe. And, when I came in today, (it was) better than I left it; it was amazing. No evidence of any disaster of any kind coming through.”Sandra Hanson, Pomo Elementary School’s T-K Teacher