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  • The first thing: Call the insurance guy. The second thing: Remind him of the Van Gogh collection I had in the basement.
  • I guess the same thing you do with every other sad thing in life. You thank God for what ever you have left and go on.
  • probably cry, then start rebuilding....
  • 1st: Claim insurance. 2nd: Get new(smaller) house. That way, I would (Hopefully ) have a surplus for whatever. Might just put it away.
  • Ugh. Reminds me of the house that burnt down (entirely. Everything gone) down the road. Worst part: it was December 20th. Felt so bad for that family. Suppose there's nothing to do but rely on the good will of friends and family and rebuild.
  • I think I would try to find one of the suppport groups of people who lived through those devastating fires in California and see what they advise.
  • Head to the safety deposit box to get all my photos, videos, and inventory lists and call the insurance company. Once the ball was rolling with the insurance company, I would start looking for temporary housing that accepts pets. At about this point the shock would wear off and I would probably have a good cry or two. In the end I would simply be thankful that everyone made it out of the house unharmed.
  • cry, but, stay hopeful for new brighter and better days.
  • Start over, what other choice would I have? When bad things happen you usually only have two choices: you can learn from them and move on with your life or you can lay down, feel sorry for yourself, and wait to die. I would just try to focus on the fact that I have my life and my family. (PS: This is why everyone should have home-owner's insurance.)
  • Start all over I guess. Annoying thing is getting back bureaucratic papers, stuff like passport and what not. Apart from that, the first night I'd call my mates and catch the bus to their place, these are guys I went to high school with so I no they won't say no, if the same happens to them they are welcome at my place any day. Then try and get a place to stay near by where I go to school.
  • Cry. A lot. We do have home and contents insurance, but losing everything would be truly devastating. Family heirlooms and memories that can never be replaced would be the hardest thing to lose. As long as my people were all safe and were not hurt or injured in any way, we could all move on and rebuild.
  • Start form the scratch I think..Thank God it's only my house, not I, that was burned down.
  • In the words of Geronimo, I would be sad for many moons.
  • i would clam my insurance go to a trusted friends house and wait till my house is rebuild after that i would pay my friend for all of his or her helping me
  • I HAD THAT EXPERIENCE I CRYED 4 A WHILE THEN ME AN MY FAMILY HAD TO BUILD UP EVERTHING WE LOST..
  • WOW THAT HAPPENED TO ME ABOUT 2 YEARS MY FAMILY HAD TO LIVE IN A SHELTER ALSO IT WAS TERRIBLE BUT WE MADE IT OUT AN NOW LIVE IN A NICE HOUSE STILL BUILDING UP OUR LOSS. Posting Comment...
  • Mine did. Wondering how to deal with insurance company and keep them straight.
  • I guess I would move.
  • Assuming you mean material possetions only? Get some help for the short term, start rebuilding. Things happen. We don't have to like it when it does but what's done is done. Set our sights forward and appreciate what we have.
  • Cry, get the insurance, try to rebuild and pick up the pieces while crying some more.
  • Thats sorry to hear those who had a house burn. I've now know what its like to be in your situation. My Moms house just burnt and I live with her, well did, and our house is a bit old so old wiring and we went out last night and found out from my uncle this morning that only my room caught on fire and everything I owned is gone. The fire department says that a dvd player was hooked up onto an outlet which was the source of the fire. Its slowly starting to sink in now that I have nothing but the clothes im wearing even after I walked in the gaping hole which was once known as my room. But you have to overcome that something bad has happened in your life but you need to over come the tragedy and move on. Tomorrow is a new day.
  • My house burned down last week.I have a wife & two children.I am thankful we made it out alive since it was 3am in the morning.The fire alarm and smoke in my lungs woke us up.We got out just before the fire alarm in the hallway outside our bedroom door yelled it's last beep as the heat got to it and melted it.It was a very scary sound.I will never forget it. We had renter's insurance.That ball is rolling.We are staying with our family until they finish doing their investigation and contact us.In the meantime just now starting to come out from the shock at least better than the first few days after the fire we are just maintaining and trying to get back into a schedual and work.It's hard to make any defenate plans until we know what the insurance company is going to do.I am just glad we had that.Without it I don't know what we would do.I guess we would be working two jobs each for several months to get back on our feet. Anyway it's not a bad experience.It is a HORRIBLE GUT WRENCHING experience.Especually if you have young children like we do. You can see photos of our fire at www.myspace.com/code256
  • Just lost stuff? If so, no problem..can get a new house and things to put it in :)
  • Last July, it happened. We had such a poor grade home-owners insurance policy and got next to nothing compared to what I had, the only reason we did that is because we had a really good fire/smoke alarm that calls the fire department and saves time (minutes are rooms) anyway, the alarm never worked, and I tried to sue, but all the lawyers I spoke to, told me I didn't have a case, because I wasn't PHYSICALLY injured, what a rip!
  • Worse has happened. You adjust.
  • I imagine that I'd salvage anything that I could and start all over again ... +5
  • Same as I did before.
  • call my insurance agent
  • call the insurance company and start over +5
  • That must be very traumatising. I'd probably go into shock for a while and then slowly start getting myself together again.
  • 1. Thank God everyone is safe 2. Thank God I have enough insurance to get us off to a good start. 3. Call the insurance company. 4. Rebuild, but hire someone this time to build it. These bones are getting too old to do it again. 5. Persue the dreams I have. I keep important documents, disks of pictures and old negatives in a bank safe. Been there done that, will never lose the things I cannot replace again.

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