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I was wondering if anyone had any advice as I've just had a house fire and am concerned about smoke damage to my camera kit. The cameras were in my bag but only about 6 foot away from the fire. There's no visible damage and they seem to be working fine but they all smell pretty bad.
The insurance company are going to send them away to get cleaned but I'm a bit concerned that the optics are going to be affected.
Anyone got any advice?
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I cannot really help on the advice front Richard, but sorry to hear about the fire. Very relieved you are still around to talk about it though.
Would it be worth asking the insurance company if they can be sent to Canon for assessment?
Can't offer you any advice as well, sorry to hear that. Just glad you are fine.
I might see if they'll be more specific as to where they'll send them, I just don't want them to make them smell nice only to have problems later on.
thanks for the kind words guys
Not specifically camera orientated, but it depends on the materials that caught fire.
PVC based products when burnt give off a particular chemical in the smoke that when in contact with water (could be damp or sweat) turns into acid which etches whatever it is in contact with.
Can't be any more specific, just that I came across this senario where a fire burnt through PVC cables and they brought a specialist team in to clean surfaces that where to stay within the building.
cheers carl, everything is smoke damaged and covered in a dark brown film.
It was an electrical fire in the immersion tank which then caught fire to the wood cupboard so there was a mixture including plastic.
That's bad news, Rich - sorry to hear about it, but relieved to know you're OK. I hope you manage to get everything sorted asap. Best wishes. Ian
Sorry to hear about the fire Rich, hope you get sorted soon. I would have expected your camera bag to offer some protection to your kit. Best get it checked at a service centre to be safe.
cheers Ian & Jo, it'll be a while before I'm sorted but it's only stuff isnt it
Sorry to hear about that, Rich. I hope you get on the hills soon.
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