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Fast and Reliable Assistance When Fire Impacts Azusa Homes

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Reputable Company that Offers Effective Fire Restoration Services to Azusa Residences 

Azusa is located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, in the San Gabriel Valley. The town reflected a population of 46,361 in the 2010 census. The population increased over the ten years, as the community in the year 2000 numbered 44,712. The town is situated along the historic Route 66 that passes through Alosta and Foothill Boulevard Avenue.  

To the North, the San Gabriel Mountains border the city, while Citrus, an unincorporated community, is in the east, and Covina to the south. Vincent, an unincorporated community, borders the town to the southwest, and Irwindale is on the west border.  

The history of Azusa City 

Azusa is known as the town that represents "everything from A to Z in America." Azusa's name comes from the 19th century during the Mexican Alta California era when Azusa referred to the San Gabriel River and Valley. The city's name originates from the Tongva homeland of Gabrieleno Indians, a place called Asuksagna.  

The first Mexican settlers at Azusa settled at Rancho el Susa in 1841. Henry Dalton, a wealthy English immigrant, later bought rancho's land for $7,000 in 1844 and named the area Rancho Azusa de Dalton. He later built a:  

  • Flourmill
  • Meat smokehouse 
  • Distillery
  • Winery 
  • Vinegar house 

He planted a vineyard to keep his winery running. Henry also owned the large properties adjacent to Rancho Santa Anita and Rancho San Francisquito. Dalton later bought a tract of land that stretched from San Dimas to the edge of Pasadena. Azusa was part of the west of the San Gabriel River adjoining Rancho Azusa de Duarte. 

The Mexican-American War, which led to California's surrender to the US, also led to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 that led to the land grants' honor. The Public Land Commission filed a claim in 1852 for Rancho San Francisquito as the Land Act of 1851 required. However, in 1855, the US District Court rejected the request because Dalton was not a citizen of Mexico at the grant time. In 1867, the US Supreme Court reversed the decree and patented the grant to Henry Dalton. 

In the 1860 census, Azusa was listed as a township, including Azusa de Duarte and Dalton, that recorded 363 people. In the 1870 US Census, the area was listed as an Azusa – El Monte Township, and later in the 1880 US Census, it was listed as San Jose and Azusa Township. On most census pages, there were several changes to be made to the San Jose name. However, the officials did this occasionally, and several index errors remain in the online census. 

Jonathan S. Slauson, a Los Angeles banker, had loaned Henry Dalton some money to fund the 24 years of legal action. The agreement was that he hand over the land to the banker in 1880. The banker laid out the city's plan in 1887 and was incorporated officially in 1898.  

The superfund site of Azusa 

Between World War II and the year 2001, Aerojet, which is a rocket engine manufacturer, had a plant in Azusa. In 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that the groundwater under the facility had TCE contamination. The plume entered the aquifer under San Gabriel Valley and Azusa city's groundwater basin. The aquifer in San Gabriel Valley is essential since it provides a cheaper drinking water source than water imported by aqueducts. The US EPA declared San Gabriel Valley aquifer a Superfund Site.  

However, additional chemical contamination in 1997 of ammonium perchlorate and NDMA was found in the groundwater. The manufacturer was the responsible party for the groundwater restoration process and expenses. In 2001, the company sold the property to Northrop Grumman Corporation but was still the Responsible Party for the cleanup.  

In a court decision in 2002, seven San Gabriel Valley groundwater polluters and Aerojet decided to fund six water-treatment facilities. Perchlorate, a carcinogenic component of rocket fuels that Aerojet produced, was among the primary contaminants.  

The area's climate 

The region of Azusa experiences warm, dry summers with average temperatures of 22.0 degrees Centigrade. The Koppen Climate Classification system indicates that the area has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. On climate maps, it is abbreviated "Csb." 

Fire incidents in Azusa 

Fires are a relatively common occurrence in Azusa. One of the notable fires near the area in the recent past is the Ranch2 Fire, which scorched approximately 4,237 acres. The blaze's cause was arson, and the suspect was Osmin Palencia, who lived in a tent close to the Mountain Cove community. Other fires in Azusa occur because of various factors, including electrical faults and cooking accidents.  

After any fire incident, quickly restoring the affected property is a priority. Fire damage restoration requires more than just cleaning the affected area. Property owners need to involve certified restorers with all the equipment and options needed to get your property to its pre-damage condition.  

How do SERVPRO restorers help property owners with fire damage restoration? 

Secondary fire damage can occur shortly after the unfortunate incident. Smoke can leave residues on walls and other surfaces of the unaffected area, odors can linger in different rooms, and yellowing of surfaces can occur, among other severe damages. These require a thorough cleanup conducted by a professional restorer with decades of experience in fire damage restoration. 

At SERVPRO, we have an organization of highly trained and experienced technicians who have attained overseas training and successfully handled various fire damages. Our team of restorers uses advanced products and equipment and cutting-edge techniques to minimize damage and get your property to its preloss state. With our experience, skilled workforce, unique restoration techniques, and hi-tech equipment and tools, we can handle the magnitude of fire damage.  

Our fire damage restoration process includes: 

  • Conducting a thorough property assessment to determine the damage extent 
  • Trap and sealing services: This helps prevent more damage from occurring. We can board up windows or any other opening to protect your property from intruders and harsh climate.
  • Thorough cleanup: Using our advanced products, we can clean away dirt, smoke, and soot residues from various surfaces. 
  • Water damage restoration: Our technicians can extract any standing pools of water using extractors. We can also dry the affected area using air movers and dehumidifiers to avoid further damages from occurring. 
  • Deodorization: Various odors can continue to linger in the property even after a thorough cleaning. We can use effective and safe deodorizers to do away with the smells.  

SERVPRO technicians take the restoration process beyond what you can see at a glance. After an unfortunate incident of fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina immediately to ensure your property looks and feels, "Like it never even happened." Talk to us today at (626) 387-4111.

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