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July 5, 2013
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Letter: Make 911 your first response to fire

Make 911 your first fire action

You may remember my story from last July. My house caught fire in Tri City when illegal fireworks landed in some debris in a valley of my roof.

I hope that by reminding everyone of my story, I can help save someone from some of the heartaches, headaches and stress I have gone through in the past year.

I should have called the Sheriff’s office when I first heard the fireworks early in the evening. My biggest mistake was trying to put out the fire myself with a garden hose, instead of calling 911. You should always, always call 911 first to get the professionals rolling and on the way.

Even with referrals or introductions from your insurance adjuster, you need to take your time. Slow down and check out all of your options. Unknowingly, I was under the impression I only had a short time to get things done, so I went with whom I was introduced. The contractor the insurance adjuster introduced to me to is the one I felt I had to use. Unfortunately, that contracting company and the cleanup company are owned by the same conglomerate.

I should have gotten input from other contractors too, before I made a decision. All of this makes me wonder if I would have been treated better if I weren’t female and more than 60.

Even in my naivete, I did do a couple of things right. Take lots and lots of pictures through all phases of the operation. You can never take too many. Also, bring a trusted friend with you to all meetings.

Please have a safe and legal Fourth of July holiday, and support your local professional Pyro-Techs who have lots of training to set off fireworks!

Linda Gilman

Myrtle Creek

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