Fires in a building can cause more than physical damage. After the fire trucks leave, you'll most likely have widespread water damage and flooding along with the lingering smell of smoke. In order to restore your home to a habitable structure, soot removal and water removal will have to be performed.
The first 24 to 48 hours following a fire are the most critical in terms of recovery. The acidic smoke and soot left behind after a fire has been put out can cause damage to furniture, appliances and structural elements if not properly handled. Smoke removal and neutralization will be necessary to remove the toxic odors.