Friend lost EVERYTHING in apt fire….

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@rosegoldie:  That is so horrible. I can’t even imagine being in that situation. Your poor friend! Maybe send her a gift card to Target or Wal-Mart so she can get some basic essentials?

Post # 4
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Ikea gift card ?

Post # 5
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@rosegoldie:  How awful – I think an Ikea Gift Card is a great idea.

Did they have renter’s insurance???

Post # 6
5905 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@rosegoldie:  …where’s her insurance???

Post # 7
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had a house fire when I was 21. Did she have renters insurance? If it was a result of an apartment, the complex may offer some sort of renumeration if it was something faulty on their behalf (an electrical fire for example). If it was someone elses fault, a neighbor left a lit candle, she has cause for litigation against that neighbor to pay for her expenses. Not that it gets your stuff back of course but it helps. 

Meanwhile the Red Cross is there, but a lot of people don’t want to ask for help. When I had my fire they paid for my hotel to stay in while the house was being fixed, gave me necessary items, glasses, prescriptions, etc – and helped link me up with some clothing etc. 

Post # 8
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think a gift card is a nice thing to send.

A friend of mine went through an APT fire and it was a mess. She lived in a hotel for two months, then a temporary apartment (same management as her other apt) for almost a year before she was then allowed to move back into her apartment once repairs were complete which was basically rebuilding the place. I think immediatley following the fire getting the basic essentials was a priority. Clothes, shoes, etc. ETA: She did have renter’s insurance and the fire was determined to be a result of her neighbors not putting out a cigarette completly on their balcony. But getting the insurance benefits and finding the cause all took time. So regardless if she is covered or not something to cover immediate needed essentials is helpful.

Post # 9
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

A horrible reminder for all apartment bees to get renter’s insurance! It doesn’t matter how careful you are if you have neighbors who like to leave candles burning when they leave or whatever. Seriously it’s like $10 a month, get ittttt!!

Post # 10
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Ugh, that’s awful! I agree with PPs – a gift certificate to a store like Target, where she can get ANYTHING is probably a good choice.

I hope she had insurance! 

Post # 11
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@aggie2010:  agreed! Too many people say they can’t afford renter’s insurance, but they don’t realize just how expensive it is to replace everything you own all at the same time.

Post # 12
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hopefully they have renters insurance! When I was apartment-living, the complex required us to have it.

Post # 14
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d send a card with a Target or restaurant gift card.

Post # 15
5905 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@rosegoldie:  YIKES!  That’s terrible….and equally awful that the only idea her parents can come up with is to sue the apartment building?  Really? 

My cousin’s wife’s mother, also had no renters insurance and lo and behold, there was a fire…..caused by another tenant, WHICH is the most common cause of apartment fires in America…anyway, they had a drive for her, where people could either donate money OR donate clothes, kitchenware, furniture and decor items that they weren’t using for her new place….if you want to do something, that might be a good idea, throw it all in a POD and send it her way.

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