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    House fire

    My grandfather's old house accidentally caught fire and burned. Noone had lived there for years and we were planning to tear it down anyway, but it had a lot of metal items inside. There were a couple of freezers, a washer, dishwasher, ventless heaters...my question is, will scrap yards still take metal that's been in a fire?



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    Depends on the scrap yard. You just need to call them and ask. If the first one you call does not, keep calling around.

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    I would say most do take them be careful with fridges some yards require compressor to be removed. And also plastic burned onto them could be a problem if thts the case. Otherwise you shouldn't have a problem, most appliances don't have much on them will burn, probably just lots of burn marks and soot on them. Good luck, pics would be nice

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    If the fire department showed up, get a fire report from them, when you go to the yard take a copy of the fire report with you, that should answer any of their questions.
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    Yea, i know mine does not liked burned copper. Fire marshall should be able to write a note stating what happened and then they shouldn't give you much hassle, worst case may just consider all of it shred. but phone calls will give exact answers

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    The lines on the compressor may have burst in the fire.

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    I see burned-up stuff on the shred pile at my yard all the time. Burned-out car shells get scrapped. It's still metal, so as long as it's not caked with a lot of melted glass/plastic, you should be fine. In the end, it all goes into the smelting furnace anyway.
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    Just make sure to be careful going in to scrap! Wear your masks or ventilators, and take breaks or move to fresh air frequently. Our house burned down last year and even with a mask it was hard to be in there for very long because of the smoke. Be safe!

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    One other thing about fires. It does give the party doing the cleanup a chance to see what might have been hidden inside the walls. I know someone who owns a fair amount of real estate. One house he bought had a bunch of silver coins hidden inside the walls. I remember him showing me all these silver coins that had soot on them. In spite of the soot, you could still easily read the dates and tell they were legitimate silver.

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