After a few days of confusion, after all it's not every day you have to deal with a situation like this, we were able to get our plan of action together and regain control of our space. The night / morning of the fire we had so much going on we wee not really aware of how everything would work as there were so many entities involved. Around 7am on Sunday we had a crew from a large restoration come out at the request of our land lord and property manager. They proceeded to remove all of the excess water and started to bag up all of the wet materials and sort of clean up. We were not really sure how this would be billed and hadn't even spoken to our insurance adjuster at this point so we didn't do much besides retrieve valuables that we had since forgotten. Upon contact with our insurance adjuster we came to find out that we needed to halt all work being done as this would be considered an active crime scene until their forensic investigator had the opportunity to investigate. Further, we needed to be aware of the cost of the current clean up company as we were going to be financially responsible for their efforts. After getting an actual quote for their services to move forward we realized that we may be better served using another company.
It's times like this that the old motto "you learn something new every day" comes to mind. By the time we came to this conclusion the aforementioned company had already began to tear our carpet and flooring up which was admittedly a bit of a shock and really put into perspective what we were going to be looking at. The reality that this was not going to be a clean up project and more of a complete rebuild quickly set in.We decided to have our own contractors who have done work for us in different capacities for years continue the work. We also received a quote from ServPro that was much more in line with our overall budget and we scheduled them to come out after we had the opportunity to clear out the space as much as possible. This would now include removing the cases, wall structures, flooring and basically everything that was not the still cordoned off area of the fire awaiting further investigators.