Inspected a house yesterday that on the seller disclosure had fire damage (no details given). At the inspection, there was no evidence of a fire anywhere in the home/ attic. I called the local fire department to see if they had records of a fire at the address…nothing. Some real estate listings showed build date of 1994. Other listings showed a build date of 2002. Seller and agent(s) did not have any details of the fire. When I uploaded the report, I noticed BuildFax (viewed on Inspector Dashboard) had two permits listed. As it turned out, one permit was for total demolition (due to fire) and the second permit was for new construction. Both permits were dated 2002 which explained the different build dates in the listings.
I don’t use BuildFax too often, but it’s a nice tool to have at your fingertips when needed.