(Closed) Two Weeks to Go, My Apartment Went Up in Flames

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and hoping you get everything sorted out.

Post # 4
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. This must be beyond stressful for you.

Post # 6
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

holy crap.  I am so so SOOO sorry about your kitties  ๐Ÿ™  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
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

How awful ๐Ÿ™ I am so sorry about everything, especially your kitties.

Post # 8
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am so sorry this happened ๐Ÿ™

Post # 11
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m so sorry for your loss.  I hope you can find your cat.

Post # 12
1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I am so sorry for all of your loss.:(

Post # 13
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 14
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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).

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?  
  5. 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
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

 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.


Good luck!


Post # 16
11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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.

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