Fresh startI casually mentioned in another thread that I recently lost everything I own in an apartment fire. It sucked. I didn't plan on making a big deal out of it here, but by special request of lolf I am starting a thread =p
I lived in an ~100 apartment building and pretty much the whole thing burned to the ground on 1/10. Amazingly no humans were hurt. However, a lot of people lost pets, me included. My wife and I had 4 cats. My wife was in the building at the time but she had like no notice before she had to evacuate and she couldn't get any of the cats to safety. We barely care about the possessions we lost but losing our cats was devastating. We are so pissed at how non helpful the firefighters were. I would have risked my life to save them if they'd have let me. Our section of the building wasn't even burning yet but they wouldn't rescue the cats nor would they let me rescue them. About 50 firefighters were standing around doing nothing the whole time.
Anyway, the red cross was on the scene to give people a place to stay, but my wife and I didn't need their help, since we have a ton of family and friends in the area who came to our rescue. We stayed with my wife's family for the first week. A friend of hers stopped by on the first night with a huge bag of clothes and necessities she stopped and bought for us, which was really moving. It's been over 2 weeks now and people are still giving us stuff. My job stepped in right away and set us up with a furnished place to live for 30 days. Really made me feel appreciated by them. My coworkers and my wife's classmates and teachers all started collections for us and showered us with money and things we needed.
Honestly, we will probably wind up in a better apartment with better stuff thanks to this. My wife and I are simple creatures - we didn't have much in the way of material things, we spend most of our time in the digital world. Our first priorities were clothes and new computers. :p I built myself a new machine much better than my old one. Everyone's generosity has really opened our eyes to how loved and appreciated we are. I'm sure a lot of other people in that building are in a much worse place than us right now, since it wasn't the best neighborhood to begin with. The building was half gentrified and half poor folks. I hope no one wound up truly homeless or anything.
We didn't have apartment insurance, so there's no money coming in there, sadly. I'm not a big believer in insurance in general, but apartment insurance is so cheap, it's one of the few insurances that seem worth it... so I wish we had had it =p The place we're moving into next weekend requires insurance so we have it now. The fire might have been electrical, in which case, there might be a class action suit at some point. Doubt it though.
I wish I could get back into the building, but I think it's "structurally unsound" and no one's allowed in. I'm sure that's not stopping looters. I'm sure some things could have been salvaged, and I would have liked to have had some closure by seeing the place from the inside.
Here are some videos of the inferno:
We were on the top floor, which got it the worst, as you can see.
A couple photos to memorialize our babies: