Recent Fire Damage Posts

Arguably the Biggest Wildfire in California History

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

This year in late 2018 we have experienced one of the most devastating wildfires in LA history.

Destroying over 96,949 acres in the Malibu area and 1,500 homes from the beaches to the valley. 

Malibu issued a city wide evacuation at 10:00am! The fire was spreading very quickly through the Malibu Mountains, as well as residential neighborhoods of Malibu West, Point Dume, Zuma Canyon, and Malibu Lake.

Ventura county that same week had a shooting at a local bar, people lost their lives and barley 72 hours later people are losing their homes from this wildfire. 

SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas & Irwindale/ Baldwin Park was called to help out many families that were affected by this natural disaster.

You never know when a disaster is going to hit, so we hope that you call SERVPRO JOE at SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas to help you recover. The faster you call, the faster we can be on site.

Fire Restoration Process

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

The first thing you want to look for when contacting a fire restoration company is if they offer emergency services so that they are able to come out very quickly when initially contacted to provide immediate relief to the property.

It really is the job of the emergency services and fire department to put out the fire, but you will still need a restoration company to prevent the damage from spreading throughout your property.

The next step in the fire restoration process is assessing the fire, smoke and soot that has traveled throughout the building as well as checking walls and furniture.

This step is important because only by assessing the extent of the damage can the restoration company come up with a plan to execute upon and give you a quote for how much it should cost and an estimate of how long it should take.

When the restoration project first begins, the main priority will always be to prevent damage from getting worse. Also, for SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas we prioritize restoring rather than replacing and this can significantly reduce of the overall cost. 

Sometimes fire damage restoration and water damage restoration go hand in hand. For instance if a building has a fire that causes a pipe to burst or a water tank burst then the restoration company will work first to stop the damage from spreading.

After a fire you will notice your property looks dark, stained and charred. First the restoration company will clean up all this damage and get your property looking as normal as possible. Also, during the restoration process, companies will make sure to remove any odors that are from the smoke & fire.

This next stage is where companies begin restoring furniture and repairing the damage cause by the fire. The goal of this step is to get your property looking as good as possible.

Arguably the Biggest Wildfire in History

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

This year in late 2018 we have experienced one of the most devastating wildfires in LA history.

Destroying over 96,949 acres in the Malibu area and 1,500 homes from the beaches to the valley. 

Malibu issued a city wide evacuation at 10:00am! The fire was spreading very quickly through the Malibu Mountains, as well as residential neighborhoods of Malibu West, Point Dume, Zuma Canyon, and Malibu Lake.

Ventura county that same week had a shooting at a local bar, people lost their lives and barley 72 hours later people are losing their homes from this wildfire. 

SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas & Irwindale/ Baldwin Park was called to help out many families that were affected by this natural disaster.

Keep Your San Dimas Home Safe This Halloween

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Glowing Jack-O-Lanterns, paper ghosts, and plastic spiders are all signs that Halloween is near! Unfortunately, these spooky symbols also can present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween decorations are the cause of over 1,000 homes fires each year. Before you start adorning your San Dimas home with spooky Halloween decorations, learn five quick ways to ensure your Halloween holiday is safe, festive, and fun!

The majority of these fires are easily preventable. By following some simple safety precautions, you can ensure the holiday remains festive and fun.

  • Keep decorations far away from open flames and other heat sources like lightbulbs and heaters. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o'-lanterns.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are safer for trick-or-treaters whose costumes may brush up against the lighting as they walk to from your door.
  • Choose costumes that don't require long-trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can clearly see where they are walking to prevent trips or falls near dangerous or flammable items.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o'-lanterns with candles inside. Provide them with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting as part of their costume.

Recovering from the Carr Fire

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

In 2018, fires have charred about 7,200 square miles across the USA, which is about 1,400 square miles above average, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Although it could be weeks or months away, the deadly Carr Fire and other horrific wildfires in California and across the western USA will eventually be doused.

But how long will it be before things return to "normal"?

For some folks, it could be years, or perhaps never: "In the communities where these large fires hit, there can be a decades-long impact," said Merritt Turetsky, an ecosystem ecologist at the University of Guelph in Canada. 

Fires can leave entire neighborhoods ruined. Turetsky related a story from years ago of people who moved back to a neighborhood into the only home a wildfire spared – then realized they were alone in a blackened and charred landscape, one that might never be rebuilt.

Nationally, only 25 percent of burned homes were rebuilt within five years, according to a study in 2015 in the "International Journal of Wildland Fire."

Big fires can decimate the environment. When man-made materials from houses, cars or other buildings burn, they can release toxins into the soil, rivers or streams, Turetsky said. They're also released into the air we breathe.

Overall, "the aftereffects of a wildfire on watershed can be drastic," according to Cal Fire. "Rates of erosion and runoff can increase to dangerous levels following wildfires in California. Normally trees, shrubs, grass and other protective ground cover help prevent soil detachment and allow rainfall to infiltrate into the soil."

Thus, landslides and mudslides can bring further misery to fire-scarred areas when winter rains come. This winter, an El Niño is likely, the Climate Prediction Center said, which generally means additional rainfall for California.

If you or someone you know are experiencing smoke damage from fires, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is here to help. Our services cover fire and smoke restoration. 

To everyone impacted by the wildfires in California, we are truly sorry for your loss and offer our services to you.

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Fire, Fireworks, and the Fourth of July!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

It's that time of year again...the summer is heating up and Americans have the privilege to celebrate our independence! The Fourth of July is known for barbecues, hot dogs, and yep... fireworks!  All throughout California, on the night of July 4th, loud "BOOMS!" echo around the state. However, due to the large amount of wildfires that have occurred in the past year, fireworks have become a controversial topic.

Whether you choose to watch fireworks at your local high school, light them off in your neighborhood, or stay inside for the evening, it is important to know a few things about safety when around fireworks. Here are three easy tips to remember this Fourth of July! 

1. Try leaving the fireworks to the professionals this year

- I know that your block party will love to light off a few legal fireworks, but due to the dryness in California, it may be a good idea to enjoy them at a public venue. 

2. Watch out for the sparklers 

-These sparkling sticks of fun are a classic and July 4th must have. But be careful where you light them. Do not light indoors, on grass, or around bush. Instead, light these up on concrete floor or on the beach! Remember, no matter how tempting, DO NOT CHASE YOUR FRIENDS AROUND WITH SPARKLERS. 

3. Lookout for baggy clothes 

-A little fire safety tip is to wear clothes that are form fitting, rather than baggier clothes with lots of extra material. This extra material can catch fire without you even noticing. 

So, enjoy the Fourth of July safely! We hope these few tips will help you have a fun-filled and fire-free Fourth! 

Avoiding Dryer Fires in your Glendora Home

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

The fear of a dryer fire is one that is not commonly heard of, however, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting.

Here are some small steps to take to Avoid a Dryer Fire:

1. Dryer's produce large amounts of lint. Be sure to clean the lint trap after EVERY use of the dryer.

2. Dryer Vents should ONLY be made of metal and be short and straight. Bends and curves result in lint buildup increasing the risk of a fire. 

3. Do not run the dryer when you are away from home or sleeping. 

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is faster to any size disaster!!


Large Loss Response in Santa Barbara

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

In the late Fall of 2017, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties experienced serious wildfire conditions.  

The Thomas Fire started before dawn on December 4, 2017. The fire ignited on the south-facing hillslopes along State Route 150 above Santa Paula.  Before it was contained, one thousand sixty-three structures were destroyed in both counties, and 280 additional structures received fire damage. The Thomas Fire is the largest fire in modern California history.

After the fires were contained, residents and business owners began dealing with the smoke damage. Smoke damage from wild fires can cause a wide range of issues with the property and health, as such, it is best to have this damage cleaned up as soon as possible by professionals.

If left untreated, the health risks living and working in smoke damaged structures include potential problems with your breathing, skin, and eyes. Though the smoke is no longer present, the effects of the smoke linger in furniture, carpet, walls and ceiling of the structure. Each time that you come in contact with the smoke damaged area of your property, you risk inhaling soot and other particles that are left behind after the fire has cleared.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas responded to the fire damaged properties in Ventura and Santa Barbara with crews that helped residential and commercial property owners recover from the widespread smoke-damage.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is a Large Loss, full-service fire, smoke, wind, and water repair and restoration company. We offer immediate response to residential, commercial, industrial, and commercial property owners.

Wildfires Spread Across Southern California

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfires Spread Across Southern California Wildfires Spread Across Ventura County

On Tuesday, flames swept inside the city limits of Ventura burning homes and palm trees as it approached the downtown area. This fire, known as the Thomas Fire, tore across 65,000 acres by Wednesday morning, and the blaze destroyed hundreds of homes, threatened 12,000 structures and forced 27,000 people to evacuate. The burn zone is twice as large an area as Manhattan, and about the size of Seattle. Emergency responders hurried to evacuate residents, protect homes and shut down roads across the region, even as authorities warned that the biggest fire was “still out of control” early Wednesday.

Meanwhile, other major wildfires sprung up further inland. In the San Fernando Valley an 11,000-acre fire forced the evacuation of at least 2,500 homes. Another fire near Santa Clarita forced the closure of Interstate 5, California’s main north-south highway. Late Tuesday, another fire broke out in San Bernardino, near the California State University, San Bernardino campus, forcing more evacuations.

The wildfires are being fed by unusually strong Santa Ana winds, blowing in from the dry desert to the east. Wind gusts from 50 mph- 70 mph are expected through Thursday. A smoke advisory was issued for the Los Angeles area urging residents to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.

If your home or business suffers from smoke or soot damage due to the wildfires sweeping across Southern California, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas for all of your fire restoration needs. As a Certified Large Loss Response Team Franchise, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has access to Semi-truck Trailers of emergency equipment and hundreds of experienced personnel to assist any communities affected by wildfires in a moment’s notice.

The Santa Ana Winds

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Santa Ana Winds Fire Caused by Santa Ana Winds

As Southern California residents, we know that the autumn season brings pumpkin spice lattés, trendy cardigans, and the Santa Ana winds.

The Santa Ana winds are strong down slope winds that blow through the mountain passes in southern California. The three ingredients for the perfect Santa Ana wind are high winds, dry trees and bushes, and low humidity. These three things together create “critical fire weather” conditions for most of Southern California. Critical areas include the San Bernardino Mountains, the Inland Empire below Cajon Pass, the Santa Ana mountains, and the Foothills.  

Santa Ana winds can reach wind speeds anywhere between 30 mph and 75mph, with some winds reaching 115 mph at times. These high speed winds can send trees and power lines toppling making driving conditions treacherous, especially for high profile vehicles. Fires can also be quickly spread with these winds and could cause great damage.

In the event that the Santa Ana winds cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park for all of your restoration needs.

Regency Inn, Baldwin Park Fire

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Regency Inn, Baldwin Park Fire LA County Fire Unit at Regency Inn fire in Baldwin Park

Across the U.S, fire departments respond to approximately 3,500 structure fires in hotels and motels each year which result in over $84 million in direct property damage.

The Regency Inn hotel located in Baldwin Park, California added to this statistic earlier this year. The cause of the fire was unknown but one unit on the third floor was completely charred. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was quick on the scene and contained the fire to one room to prevent anyone from being seriously injured. However, 18 units suffered extensive smoke damage.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/ Baldwin Park was called to aid in the restoration of the hotel.  As a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) Franchise, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park has access to Semi-truck Trailers of emergency equipment and hundreds of experienced personnel along with subject matter experts in specialties associated with large loss events. The restoration that SERVPRO will be performing will be asbestos abatement, smoke clean-up, and smoke and fire remediation.

No water or fire restoration project is too large or too small for the Team at SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park. 

Fourth of July and Fireworks

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fourth of July and Fireworks Summer Fire in Southern California

As the Seasons change in Southern California those special holidays that mark the calendar become a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate.

One of those Holidays which occurs in early Summer is our National Independence Day, the Fourth of July.   Frequently, people enjoy this special occasion by having BBQ’s, viewing sponsored fireworks shows, and sometimes, participating by lighting off fireworks they have purchased for the occasion. 

In some areas of our Country, fireworks are approved for sale by Local and State Agencies who control their use.   For instance, in Southern California, many locations allow the sale and use of fireworks.  However, other areas in Southern California strictly prohibit the use of fireworks due to local high-fire-danger.  Too often, the purchase of fireworks from approved, and illegal sources presents a problem for Law Enforcement and Fire Departments.   The most common concerns result from fireworks that are used in High-Fire-Risk designated areas and the use of illegal fireworks which are much more likely to start fires.  Misused and illegal fireworks cause significant damage to property and injury to people annually.   

Every year SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas and Irwindale/Baldwin Park gets called to support recovery of fire damaged property.  Occasionally, those fires are a result of fireworks that were not approved and were being used in an unsafe manner.   The problem is not unique to Southern California, but with the very high density of people living in the Los Angeles Basin, the patchwork of communities in LA that approve or prohibit the use of fireworks, and the ready access to very high volumes of unapproved fireworks every year, the probability of property damage and personal injury is high.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park will always be available to support those residences and businesses that may be affected by fires caused by misuse of fireworks, or from any other cause. 

Also, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park is a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) Franchise which means when it comes to Fire Restoration there is no job too big or too small for our expert services.

Summer Fires in the LA Basin

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Fires in the LA Basin Helicopter Dropping Fire Retardant In So. California Foothills

Southern California goes through a predictable Winter-Rain and Summer-Fire cycle every year.

Fire Storms in Southern California devastate millions in private and public property annually.  SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park can help recover when restoration is an option. 

The Fall and Winter Rains combined with mild temperatures provide a great growing season for plants, and, the arid climate and Summer heat then quickly dries out the ground cover making it perfect fuel for fires in the foothills.

During fire season, fires burn off the ground cover and the soil loses the stabilizing plant roots.  The soil is then easily washed away as mud during the following Winter-runoff. 

K-rails, sand bags, and other barriers are set up in strategic locations along the foothills to the LA Basin to block the flow of mud that can threatened areas below the burn areas.

The Helicopter in the picture is spreading red fire retardant (Foscheck) over a burn site in the Southern California foothills during the 2016 Fire Season.  Fire retardants work three ways: removing heat, coating the surface (so the fuel can't find oxygen), or by diluting the air (oxygen) near the fire.  

The men and women who specialize as Pilots flying these Fire Bombers are already out there doing their job again in June, 2017

As a "Large Loss" Franchise SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park have the resources to help whole communities with Emergency Services when Southern California needs help digging out. 

Bolsa Grande High Fire

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bolsa Grande High Fire Several classrooms were destroyed in High School Fire

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas received a call from the Garden Grove Unified School District about an arson fire in one of the classrooms at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, CA.    

Joe McCann arrived on the site and met with the Superintendent, principal, facilities manager and building engineer.  An unknown assailant had lit a desk on fire in classroom 219 on the South end of the 200 quad block over the weekend.  Significant fire damage was evident in classrooms 219, 217, 215, 220, and 218.  Smoke damage and water damage was found in classrooms 213, 214, and 216.  All surrounding corridors were affected with visible smoke damage.  Adjacent classrooms had very light smoke damage.  A scope of work was verified and approved by the school district.

Asbestos and lead testing was performed prior to commencement of work.  Asbestos was found in the tile floor covering and mastic below in all the classrooms.  All TL items were removed from the classrooms and inventoried.  Additional salvageable items were removed and taken to a staged cleaning area.  Once cleaned, these items were stored in portable storage units.  All Remaining debris was removed and disposed of.  Asbestos abatement to all of the flooring was performed.  All scorched block walls were ice blaster and encapsulated. A temporary roof was configured to allow the district time to continue the planning of the revitalization process already slated.   Pressure washing to the surrounding corridors was performed.   Light cleaning and air scrubbing was performed in the affected adjacent classrooms.

  The restoration process was completed in 2 and one half weeks.

Burbank Residential Fire

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Burbank Residential Fire

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas immediately responded to a residential structure fire in Burbank, CA.

AAA Insurance contacted SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas direct in the late hours of November 2016. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is a 24 hour emergency services company and was able to respond immediately. A fire from an unknown source burned several voids into the roof structure and elevations. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas arrived on site to find Los Angeles County Fire Department – LAFD - still on site. The embers were still a concern to LAFD so access was not allowed. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas returned the following day to secure the structure with roof tarps and a board up once the site was safe from re-ignition. It is important to secure a property after fire damage to prevent the possibility from re-ignition. The Burbank property is now safe, secure and inaccessible until the reconstruction process takes place.

Industrial Fire Loss in Santa Fe Springs August 2016

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Industrial Fire Loss in Santa Fe Springs August 2016 Piles of burnt materials, equipment and supplies in the storage yard before SERVPRO arrived.

On August 11th, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas was contacted regarding a fire damaged and smoke damaged business in an industrial building located in Santa Fe Springs.    The structure is an 18,000 sq. ft. masonry building and the owner was notified of a fire in the storage yard on the South side of the structure. 

There were people working inside the facility at the time and loading dock doors were rolled up which allowed smoke to enter the facility causing damaging contamination of contents and structure.  SERVPRO Franchise owner Joe McCann was on the site early on August 11th to survey the damage and begin the process of returning this business back to its pre-fire condition.  

Immediately, dozens of “Air Movers” and “Air Scrubbers” with HEPA Filters were set up inside the building to remove airborne particles and smells so normal operations could resume in parallel with the bigger job of cleaning and restoring the fire damaged and smoke damaged facility.   Piles of burned materials, equipment, and supplies in the storage yard were removed to clear the way for SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas recovery vehicles to bring in the needed supplies and equipment to begin the clean-up process.  An industrial Hygienist was brought in to take samples of the air quality and surface contamination caused from the smoke to determine the type and extent of cleaning required to return the facility to a safe working environment.

Man-lifts were brought in to give clean-up Technicians access to the ceiling, walls, and upper shelves of inventory that needed to be wiped down to remove the acidic contamination caused by the smoke that entered the building.    

This business was potentially going to experience severe financial losses if they had to shut down operations during the clean-up and the owner asked if SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas could do the clean-up while allowing the business to continue operating.  Though challenging, a plan was agreed to that would allow both the SERVPRO clean-up and the business to continue operations in parallel with minimal impact to either party.

Initial Clean-up was completed on August 26th returning the business to full operational status.  Reconstruction was on track and would cause minimal disruption to the business until completed.

This project is a great example of a “Fire Loss” where a business could possibly be seriously handicapped or even shut down from fire damages and smoke damages.   However, teaming with SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas, a solution was reached allowing the Santa Fe Springs business to continue while assuring a safe working environment to employees, customers, and SERVPRO Technicians minimizing the costs to all parties involved.

Glendora Residential Fire

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

It all started at approximately 11:00pm on Monday night, July 25th.  Returning home after an evening out, Jason and his family entered their house in Glendora ready to call it a night.   That’s when their 9 year old daughter happened to notice an unusual discolored spot on the ceiling about 15 feet from the front door.

They were all about to find out how important this little girl’s casual observation would be.

Upon examining the ceiling, Jason reached up and discovered there was heat coming from the ceiling where the spot was.  Climbing a ladder to get to the attic access opening, Jason discovered a fire was burning above the ceiling.  He immediately dialed 911.  Within minutes, the Glendora Police and the Fire Department arrived on scene.  Preparations were being made to penetrate the roof while Fire Fighters inside the home removed the ceiling where the flames were burning. 

Because of the quick observation of the resident and the immediate action of the first responders, the roof did not have to be penetrated avoiding extensive structural damage to the property.   As the fire hadn’t spread, only a minimal amount of water was induced to suppress the fire.  Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Once the property was stabilized, the fire investigator was on site to determine the source of the fire.  It appears there was an electrical short that damaged a flexible gas line allowing gas to leak from the line and ignite.

Attic fires are not that unusual.  However, in this case the chance observation of the discolored spot on the ceiling by Jason’s 9 year old daughter was indeed fortunate.  If it wasn’t for her noticing this when they first arrived home, the trouble brewing in the attic could have been a much bigger problem for their home and their safety.

In our next article, SERVPRO will share how this damaged home was restored back to its pre-fire condition, using specialized processes and products to restore belongings and eliminate the smoke damage and smell that comes with residential fires.

LA County Smoke and Soot Clean Up

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage LA County Smoke and Soot Clean Up Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Glendora / San Dimas Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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