Five-Day Fire Ravages Two Historic Blocks – GGG/AI Hired to Prepare Claim
The former Brown & Williamson Tobacco Factory in Petersburg, Virginia, is a historic four-building complex that occupies two city blocks. Connected by catwalks that were vital to the production of cigarettes, the buildings now include occupied offices and warehouse buildings, as well as two structures well on their way to becoming penthouses and loft apartments. An early Saturday morning fire on July 17, 2010, wreaked havoc on the complex, when fire, smoke and water damage affected all four buildings — with the catwalks providing an avenue for the water and smoke to reach even those structures not engulfed in flames. Some 60 firefighters from seven fire departments responded to the fire, and they continued to douse the hot spots for the next five days. The fire is believed to have begun in the structure where the construction of loft apartments and penthouses was underway, with construction materials providing steady fuel for the fire.
The property owners immediately contacted and engaged Goodman-Gable-Gould/Adjusters International (GGG/AI) on the weekend of the fire, to assist with the immediate arranging of emergency services and claim reporting, and then to move into the measurement of damages, the claim documentation, and to begin the builders risk claim negotiations with the insurance carriers. GGG/AI’s extensive experience in adjusting multi-million dollar, complicated claims will be beneficial to this client’s financial recovery.