Have you ever lost everything in a fire?

United States
January 20, 2007 8:15pm CST
This week here in Colorado Springs, CO. an entire apartment complex completely burned down ! I think there was something like 115 apartment units in the complex, so just think about how many people that is. Turns out the person that set the fire was upset at his girlfriend (who lived in the complex) so he intentionally set the fire !!! The fire broke out at about 12:30 - 1:00 am and these people had to just run out in their pajamas and are left with absolutely nothing !!! It's just all so sad. And right after Christmas too, when the families had their "goodies" Our family took some things and donated them, it's a small gesture, but hopefully it will help. I just can't get over the enormity of the situation.
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@matlgal (1687)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes I have had a house Burn down, and it was an enormous tradegy when your a Jr. in high school!. The things that get you are the things you can't replace. The photo's and mememto's that your kids made for you. The antique's etc. I cannot even fathom 115 families that are now totally without. It was a very nice gesture for you and your family to donate items. I can say that when it happened to my family people were extremly generous and we were able to at least have clothing, blankets, cooling utensils, and even a TV within just a few days. It was just a totally surreal experience. For someone to show that kind of total disregard for other human life, to act that barbaric over being upset at his girlfriend is just beyond my comprehension. @@ Oye!!! his Mother must be so proud! NOT! I will continue to think of them as this winter has been so extreme there this year and hope that they are able to piece there lives back together quickly and get back to normal.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
Yeah, the extreme weather is making the investigation difficult because there is so much ice. Thanks for thinking of them :)
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@kawillow74 (1417)
• United States
21 Jan 07
We build a new home in 2002 and 2 years later it burned down we lost almost everything we got out a few picture thank god I really thought I was going to loss it everything we worked so hard for was gone and then the insurance it not quite cover everything or should I say it is impossible to remember everything you had we where very lucky to have great family and friends that helped out we I only had on my PJ and husband and kids where at the races so they only had what they had on to this day I check the fire almarm a drozen times before bed. I have a very hard time living here I alway say about moving because it has allot of mermory I seen it all I look at thing very different now. So many mermory gone and no amount of money can every bring them back. I hope everyone just got out ok. Anything people can do helps weather a meal or just to be there I want to say thanks for helping them god bless.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
Oh gosh, how awful for your family ! In this fire so far they've found 2 bodies and continue to search for more. So senseless !
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@plantit1 (298)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes that's really sad. I had a car burn up on me after one of my kids was playing with the lighter, holding it in. I had my sister and brother coming to stay with me and they had alot of their clothes and such in the trunk. The car was completely burned to nothing but the frame. That was tramatic enough. I cant imagine losing everything. Well I do imagine it every hurricane season when we have to evacuate our mobile home. The last hurricane destroyed alot of mobile homes. That was also very hard to see. Many lost everything.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I've never dealt with a hurricane, they seem scary too. That is awful about your car, lucky no one was hurt.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I am really so sorry for what happened :( I think that it is wonderful that your family donated some things to the people who lost all of their belongings. It's really sad that that guy had to go and do something as stupid as intentionally start a fire that cost so many people so much, simply because he was uspet at his girlfriend. Sigh. I have very luckily never lost everything to a fire. I did lose a large porition of the contents of my bedroom, however, over ten years ago when an electrical fire got out of hand when I was not home. We had a faulty power cord that we did not realize was causing things to get really hot. It was up against my bed, and set the bed on fire, and the whole room was blackened. The walls were all dark. I lost my bed, and a lot of my possesions that were in my room. But since no one was harmed, I am just thankful that that was all that happened. Our neighbors also were very sweet and kind and lent me a daybed to sleep on (and let me stay at their house a couple nights, as well) until I could get a new bed. They also came over and helped us to repaint the walls in my room, and gave me a few other things to help out.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
How lucky that you weren't in your bed !!!
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• India
21 Jan 07
no, but it is sad to think such things ray to god that such things should not happen in any ones life.............
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• United States
21 Jan 07
So true !
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@nayand (168)
21 Jan 07
My brothers house was gutted and luckily there was no body in the house during that time. Its horrible to happen to any one in the world.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Wow, thankfully no one was hurt !
@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
21 Jan 07
Our house burt completely. We did not lose everything,however, We did lose almost all. My mom had just taken me to work. When we left, and opened the door it fed the smoldering electrical short caused by a fan we had bought the day before at a resale shop. My sister was home with my son, both asleep. When my sister awoke to cries from my son, she could hear the fear in his cry and she went to see what was wrong. When she got to him the wall behind his crib was on fire. She grabed him, looked at my, and my moms beds and saw that they where both on fire. She opened the front door just as it burst into flames. Still in her 1/2 shirt and panties she ran next door to call 911. My mom returning from dropping me off, saw the house on fire and, without even putting the car into park, jumped out and ran upto the front of the house just as the neighbor ran out and told her my sis and son were safe. We had just moved in and alot of our stuff was in a building out back. Of course not the things we used most, but anything is better than nothing. The shop were we bought the fan, felt so bad they rented us an apartment they had open. They did not charge us a deposit and gave us 2 weeks free so we could get the things we really needed. Our freinds, family, and our churches gave us so much we hardly had to buy anything. We were very lucky to have had wonderful people to help us in such a tradgedy. God bless you and all others who help when a call is made for something they can do. I hope the young man is made to pay for his crime although that will do nothing to help the ones he hurt, it will bring some amount of closer to those poor unfortunate families.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Oh my goodness !! How traumatic for your family. Thankfully everyone was ok :)
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
21 Jan 07
No, I never lost everything but I've seen it happen up close. Once when I worked as a caseworker I had a building on my caseload that burned down right before Christmas. (Why do these things so often happen around Christmas?) There was only one family left in there because the building was basically unfit to live in and an inspection was pending. The remaining tennant was a grandmother with five children and grandchildren she was raising as a single mother. No one was hurt but EVERYTHING was destroyed including the Christmas presents. I had one very good charity group that used to issue special one time allowances to Welfare families on a caseworker's word so I called them hoping they could help. Boy did they ever. They found a new apartment for the family and paid the first months rent and escrow. They donated all the basic furniture needed and brought food. They got a list of the Christmas presents that were destroyed, duplicated them and wrapped the new ones. They even put the correct child's name on each box. Did it all in a few days too. They were a private charity so there was no red tape. I think they were called the "Western Ladies for the Relief of the Destitute" or some such. Horrible name but a great organization!
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@alvinia1 (714)
• Romania
21 Jan 07
no ,but i really sory for you!
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• United States
22 Jan 07
thanks
• India
21 Jan 07
These situatns are so often occuring all around.Let me think if cn do some thing.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
Thanks
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
Fortunately, I haven't been in a situation like that. It must been tough for you (esp. for them), sorry to hear that. They may have nothing, but they're still alive and I know they'll get through it; slowly but surely. It's good to hear that you and your family donated some things, yes it's small but remember, all great things start on small things. Your concern is more than enough. :)
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@xbritterx (170)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I myself have not but i've known people that have. Thats good you guys donated somethings it may not seem like alot but at least its something. I hope they had house insurance
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21 Jan 07
naw lucklily ive never been trapped in a fire, or had a fire lol except one time i tried to cook bacon and set the grill on fire lol, at least we can look backa dn laugh at that ,
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@snow2007 (170)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
I'm sorry to hear about that. Luckily i never had a situation like that but i know if i did i would be hurt and devastated. I wish your family luck and hope you guys get back on your feet.
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@Celanith (2334)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Thankfully no we have not but we did have a house fire in one place we lived in and had to move and did lose some bedding, books and clothing and food items. But most we got out and it was ok.
@tocika (970)
• Romania
21 Jan 07
Yes,I've lost my grandparents house.But I'm very glead that I didn't lost them.The fire is usufully but is dangerous when you can't do nothing for stop him.I hope that in the future never could happend something like this. HAve a nice day!
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• India
21 Jan 07
That's really sad.Ihave lickily never had any such incident but couple of my relatives have been in a similar situtaion.It must be realy hard seeing everything being burnt down right in front of u and u being helpless.Things that took years to be built get destroyed in minutes...
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@wasim989 (2302)
• India
21 Jan 07
Thanks goodness such things have never happened to me and I just hope that such situation may never come to me by the will of God.
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@massaj03 (4372)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Thats really harsh that someone would do that, and just because they were upset...some people just don't have a heart. But no, personally I have never lost anything in a fire, but I have known some friends and family who had, and its awful to think about.
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Thankfully, I have never experienced this. But I have witnessed a big fire in our neighbor a couple of years ago. It was terrific and horrible to witness such a big fire. It burned down four apartments and killed one elderly.