Assuming that the fire in your kitchen was large enough that you had to call the fire department and they used water to put out the fire, the following are four things you need to make sure you do.
Talk to the fire department supervisor at the scene
After the fire is put out, you will need to get an O.K. from the firefighters to reenter your house. You may have to wait a certain amount of time for the smoke to clear out. If the smoke was strong enough, it may not be a good idea to sleep in your home-- at least not the first night. In this case, secure your property and find a place to spend the night.
Contact your homeowner's insurance agent
Make sure that your agent is informed immediately about the situation. A claims adjuster will often be quick to assess damage from a fire. You will want to give them a chance to determine the extent of the damage, so don't begin any cleanup until the insurance adjuster has had a chance to look at the damage. Click here to learn more about insurance repairs.
Call a professional for smoke and water removal
You may be tempted to clean the kitchen up yourself, but if the fire department put the fire out with water, there could be water damage to your walls, ceilings and floors. Water can easily make its way behind these structures, and if it is not removed, the moisture can lead to a mold problem. Mold can cause a variety of health issues for people living near it. Contacting a professional to remove all the moisture will reduce the chances of future mold issues.
Hire a contractor for restoration
Whether you have issues with your kitchen cabinets, countertops or floors, it is best to have a contractor look at the damages. Some or all of the damage may be repairable, while some or all of it may need to be replaced. Of course, part of the calculation of repair versus replacement will depend upon your insurance coverage. A contractor that is familiar with your insurance company will be able to work with them to determine the best solution.
A fire in your home, even one that is confined to the kitchen, can be traumatic. Just remember to get everybody out of the house and let the firefighters do their job. Reassure your family members that everything will be okay. As long as everyone gets out safely, the damage to your house will likely be taken care of by your homeowner's insurance policy.