Post # 1
I don’t even know where to start, but I’m besides myself…
FH and I’ came home to find out brand-new apartment on fire last night. What was supposed to be our first apartment and home together went up in flames.
Our one cat, Sebastian – a really truly sweet boy – died in the fire due to smoke inhalation.
Our other cat, Shar – who FH has had for nearly 10 years- is missing. She was seen running from the apartment. We haven’t found her yet. We’re praying.
THe apartment is damaged beyond anything livable, and we’re pretty sure most of FH’s clothing is a loss. Our bed, our apartment, his clothes.. the cats… .. we can’t believe Sebastian is gone.
FH & I came home on Friday night, looking to order in a pizza and relax after being home with friends. As we walked up to our apartment we noticed white smoke – coming from the roof of the home.
I began calling 911 while he wrapped his t-shirt around his face and went into our apartment to open all the windows and doors – trying to give our cats a way to escape from the 2nd story apartment.
It seemed the firefighters took forever to arrive. Once they did, we watched our apartment/landlord’s house burn for more than an hour before they were able to put it out.
We have to go back and continue cleanup today..
I honest don’t know how we are going to do it. Any advice on handling smoke-damaged clothing is appreciated, so we might be able to salvage some of FH’s stuff.
Our wedding is planned 2-weeks from last night…
Now, I just.. I just want to make sure we have a place to stay/live.
Post # 3
I am so, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and hoping you get everything sorted out.
Post # 4
Oh God. That’s so devastating! I’m so sorry. I’ll be praying for your FH cat to return safely to you.
Post # 5
I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. This must be beyond stressful for you.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
holy crap. I am so so SOOO sorry about your kitties 🙁 I hope you can find your little girl. I’m sure this is going to be a really hard and stressful time, but hopefully the joy of your wedding day can help balance it out.
Post # 7
How awful 🙁 I am so sorry about everything, especially your kitties.
Post # 8
@dragonlover: I am so so sorry for your many losses. RIP little kitty, I hope your other one is found.
Are you going back to retrieve some items? Otherwise “cleaning up,” that’s usually left to professional restoration crews.
Does the landlord’s insurance cover anything? What about your renter’s insurance?
Are you still getting married in 2 weeks? Is it even possible? Maybe family will pull through?
Post # 9
I am so sorry! I cannot imagine what you are going through right now. I hope you find your other cat safe and sound! I’m sorry I have no advice about the smoke damage, but I wanted you to know I’m sending some positive thoughts your way.
Post # 10
I am so sorry this happened 🙁
Post # 11
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find your cat.
Post # 12
I am so sorry for all of your loss.:(
Post # 13
I’m so sorry that you have to go through this right now, or ever. I wish I had something to say that was more than that. I’m not sure where you live, but a lot of communities have organizations or churches that will help out with this sort of thing. I hope your baby cat comes back. Losing pets is far more devastating than non-pet owners realize. 🙁
Post # 14
I’m so sorry to hear.
I had a very small kitchen fire once. Landlord’s insurance covered kitchen repairs (replacement of stove and landlord choose to replace the linoleum floor where a ring from the lid to a pot had been dropped/fire beat out). I ended up not putting in any claim with my insurance company because it was so small – and really, nothing was going to replace my great grandma’s blanket that my then-boyfriend dropped on top of the fire to try to put it out).
- Call your insurance. Report the loss. Ask them about your coverage for a place to stay (hotel?), allowance for buying stuff until you get your check (I didn’t need it, but mine would allow me to go out and buy some stuff immediately).
- Go get basic necessities. Go buy toothbrush, some clothes (a pair of jeans, basic black slacks, socks/shoes/underwear). If you have friends in your size…borrow from them for now.
- Find a home to stay for now. Given the wedding and everything you may not want to try to apartment search until afterwards, so perhaps you can find a short term rental or home with friends.
- Make a list of everything that you need help on with the wedding. Were any projects inside your home (name tags to centerpieces)? What about your gown?
- Email/call your bridesmaids, friends, and families. Explain the fire, ask for help on the items. I guarantee they will jump to help in any way they can. Delegate it away
Regarding your missing cat – maybe call an animal group nearby and plead help with posting lost pics and checking shelters.
Regarding smoke damaged clothing – take it to a dry cleaner. That’s what we did with some of ours. If it’s not as nice stuff (cotton etc) you might be able to just wash it, but for all of the business casual clothing it was dry cleaned.
Post # 15
I am soooooo very sorry about this! Are you insured? Check out details asap.
Call all local vets animal shelters and send pictures of your pet and description. Get friends/family to help. That way people will look out for your cat.
The shock is fresh, I’d avoid going through wreckage.
We divide our time between the city for work and the farm were we take care of rescue animals and last year it burnt down. All our grazing burnt to cinders and our fencing was destroyed. It cost a fortune to keep grazing trickling in to keep the horses well fed. So I can really relate. I learnt not to pick through wreckage, it reduced me to tears.
Post # 16
i’m so sorry this happened. how awful. i hope you find your other kitty.
do they know how the fire started? what about insurance? look into that right away. do you have family or friends who you can stay with until things get cleaned up or until you find another home?
good luck with everything.