Wine-country fire destroys everything except man's FireKing file and its contents

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Wine-country fire destroys everything except man's FireKing file and its contents

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He feels relieved, while his neighbors say they wish they’d had FireKing file cabinets, too.

The October wildfires that raced through eight counties in California’s wine region are on record as some of the most destructive in the state’s history. But for Brad Messer of Santa Rosa, the Tubbs fires were an unparalleled event of records protection: specifically, protection of the valuable documents, certificates, and other items he’d stored in a FireKing file cabinet.

Like all their neighbors, Messer and his family evacuated their home as the fires approached. And, as with so many of his neighbors, Messer’s home was completely leveled. He returned to his property expecting the worst, and indeed, it looked like a charred moonscape. Nothing was recognizable except for two landmarks: the twisted frame of his car, and his FireKing file cabinet, which he’d kept in the garage.

Figuring a total loss, Messer got a crowbar and pried the file cabinet open just to see. But there they were, completely unharmed: his personal documents including birth certificates, mortgage and insurance records, car titles, plus other valuables. The FireKing cabinet had protected them all through the worst fire in recorded Sonoma County history. And it didn’t just withstand the fire. Because FireKing is the only fireproof-file manufacturer to reinforce all six sides of its files, Messer’s FireKing cabinet survived the full weight of his home’s second story collapsing onto it.

Despite being shocked and saddened by the devastation, Messer felt he had to call FireKing to share his “silver lining” story. In such a crisis, not having to replace vital documents is one thing that can make life a little easier. Messer says he feels relieved, while his neighbors say they wish they’d had FireKing file cabinets, too.

Since 1951, FireKing has specialized in document and records protection, and its files carry the industry’s highest UL protection ratings for fire. To see a FireKing file undergoing fire- and drop-testing in their state-of-the-art facility, watch these videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxSyNtqt-QI and https://youtu.be/SY5HBSL-c9s.
FireKing extends its sympathies to Brad, his family, and all the communities affected by the Tubbs fires, and FireKing is working to help customers and partners in the area. Arrangements are already made for Brad’s replacement file cabinet to be shipped when he’s ready. In an uncertain world, a little relief and peace of mind can go a long way.

ABOUT FIREKING SECURITY GROUP:  
FKI Security Group delivers a broad array of security products with best-in-class service and support for businesses. They operate in over 80 countries around the world, delivering products and services focused solely on protecting customers' assets, people, and vital information. FKI Security Group's brands Summit, Ascent and NKL cash-management solutions lead the market along with FireKing’s extensive offerings of office and consumer products. Additional information about FireKing is available at http://www.fireking.com.

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