If it is a small fire, you can clean it yourself by following the steps outlined above. However, you should be cautious of soot and smoke, which can be toxic if inhaled. Soot, smoke, and odors can linger in fabrics and porous surfaces such as drywall, wallpaper, floor coverings, wood, and cloths. Difficulty breathing, respiratory diseases, coughing, asthma, and other problems can result from touching and breathing in soot. Professionals wear bodysuits, gloves, protective eyewear, and breathing apparatuses at all times to ensure their safety. It is best to avoid such situations if you have any existing health issues.