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I Had a House Fire

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    My House Burned In August 2012 Taylor Bridge Fire

    Last year near the end of august, 2012, my house burned because of a wildfire between cle elum and ellensburg, washington. i was devastated. 3 because my mom and me were moving out at the time, we got some furniture out. but everything else was lost. my mom some items into her...
    kayciekat143 kayciekat143 13-15, F May 22, 2013

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    Not Just One, But Two House Fires For Me!!!

    My families home burned down completely in 1999. We cleared it out and built another, which burned down in 2002. I'm cursed!! And beyond paranoid, all the time!
    LC87 LC87 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 26, 2010

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    Two House Fires

    When I was 16, my house burnt down completely to the ground on Christmas Eve. It was completely devastating. I lost absolutely everything I had. I had no idea how attached I was to my things, until i lost all of them. The worst part about it was the house that we temporarily...
    Calisse Calisse 18-21, F Nov 24, 2012

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    Living Next Door To A House That Was Bombed

    Every time I write an experience I remember another one? I think I'm cursed?? When I was 10 my neighbours parents were away and their *adult* children decided to throw a party. Now let me fill you in on these neighbours. The children were in their late 20's early 30's and are...
    MorganaFay MorganaFay 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 15, 2012

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    My House Burnt Down

    I'm a married woman with one 7 yr. old and a 1 yr. old. We are a happy loving family but on sept. 1, 2012 our lives were turned upside down . We were just coming back from town when we noticed smoke coming out of the house . My husband ran as fast as he could to get inside to...
    Candacecollins Candacecollins 26-30, F Nov 5, 2013

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    House Fire April 15, 2012 Caused By Bathroom Exhaust Fan.

    Total loss, house gone, lost a 20 year old cat. Insurance co. is a nightmare. I would like to know how other people made out. Did you hire public adjusters, how was your payout, this is so stressful.
    quietcorner quietcorner 46-50 Sep 16, 2012

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    My Friend Set the Fire

    I was Twelve years old when my life turned in another direction. I had this friend name Tony. We hung out everyday. The other kids in the neighborhood were very mean to him. He was very tall, the string bean type. He buck teeth and acne. Tattered clothes most of the time and he...
    xler8this85 xler8this85 22-25 6 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    House Fire.

     My name is Tiffany, I'm 25 years old and am married with a son. When my son was a mere 11 days old, we had a house fire and lost everything. It was the scariest day of my life. I can still close my eyes and see it happen all again. I had been up all night with the baby...
    TiffaSmi TiffaSmi 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 27, 2010

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    Lost Everything To A Fire The Day After Christmas

    December 26th will always be remembered as the worst day in my life, the day that an unexpected fire consumed my home, the day that I walked outside not realizing I had lost everything.
    firesurvivors firesurvivors 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 20, 2011

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    Two Days Before Thanksgiving, 2010...

    Shortly after midnight on November 23, 2010, my husband and I were awakened by our smoke detectors.  (We had just recently replaced the batteries.)  There was smoke in the kitchen, and I vaguely remembered that a similar incident happened when the self-cleaning mechanism...
    kshaft kshaft 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2011

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    I Recently Experienced A House Fire

    On November 1, 2009 my home and everything in it was destroyed by a fire.  The cause of the fire was undetermined.  My four year old was playing in the room where the fire started and there was a lamp found in the closet where the fire had burned the longest.  The...
    rachkids rachkids 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 13, 2009

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    i had a house fire august 29th 2013.

    it was at 11:54 pm. I was home with my my one year old nephew and mt 8 month old daughter and my 2 year old daughter. the fire started in my living room where austyn was sleeping. right under him due to an exstention cord pinched under the couch. i heard him screaming when i...
    amberscott84 amberscott84 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    November 2012 The Night I Lost Myself.

    I've been looking for a group online that I could read the stories of others, and maybe feel like there was someone out there I could relate to. It's been one month today that our home burned down. I was at home, with three kids. 15 yr old son, 10 yr old daughter and 4 year old...
    tcbali tcbali 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2012

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    Small Kitchen Fire :(

    Nothing majour guys...just a small kitchen fire. Wanted to share this because I feel bad for my cat. Fire was an accident. My cat couldn't breath because of the smoke. I saved him. He's scared now bless him. Everytime the fire alarm goes off (if i'm cooking or something) He hides...
    Lainzo Lainzo 18-21, F Feb 29, 2012

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    Fire For Christmas

    Right before Christmas in 2008 my husband, our one month old daughter, and I moved into a new house. After we got done unloading the U-haul we went to a friends house for a few hours. When we came home our house was on fire. We ran in to try and put out the fire. Once...
    meganpetlover18 meganpetlover18 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 27, 2009

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    So, you have to sue the manufacturer for damages to your house, for the fire? Here is my information about sunbeam and how they deal with it.

    My house fire was in 2008, October 27th. My fire was caused by a space heater manufactured by Sunbeam/Jarden Corp. It was a Patton PRH11 heater. I have had no other choice but to litigate against Sunbeam for the damages. Here is my story. Four and one half long years later the...
    sodapopp12 sodapopp12 31-35 Mar 13, 2013

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    October 1st 2008

    My freshman year in college my english teacher let my class out early . I got home and sat in my room looking at my high school yearbook. My dad had to leave and pick up my mom from work leaving me alone in the house. After about 15 min I heard a weird sounding alarm coming from...
    Nzabowski Nzabowski 22-25 1 Response Oct 3, 2012

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    Fire, Earth, Water, Air

    The classical elements of life are fire, earth, water, and air.  What though are the elements of living? Having recently experienced a home fire, our family has learned what those basic elements are ... family first, then shelter including clothes and a safe place to sleep...
    TheFaceOfPoetry TheFaceOfPoetry 46-50 1 Response Aug 26, 2009

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    Two Actually

    The first one was when I was about 6 years old. We were living in an apartment building. It was about 11:30 pm and we heard someone running down the hall pounding on each door yelling "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!" The apartment below had caught the building on fire and we had to escape...
    Bubbles48509 Bubbles48509 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 10, 2013

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    Wake Up The House Is On Fire..... Aftermath

    It's nearly a year since our house fire and still my life isn't back to normal. I can't put my finger on it but I know something isn't right. We are back home with new everything --- or nearly. The house is great, totally rebuilt with extras we didn't have before. NO paneling...
    Furmomma Furmomma 56-60, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2012

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    Copy Of Letter Sent To People, Trying To Get Help

    I am writing to you begging for your help. Five years ago I had a house fire. I am a single mother of one. My house was left to me by my grandmother, and many items in the house can’t be replaced. My fire was caused by a malfunctioning space heater PRH11 made by Jarden corp. I...
    sodapopp12 sodapopp12 31-35 Mar 28, 2013

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    3X!

    I’ve been burned out of my house three times in my life. The first time when I was 12 (1976) and a fire started in the basement of my family’s house in PA, and my parents ran to my sisters and mine and my brother’s rooms in the middle of the night waking us up...
    letjoysize letjoysize 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 1, 2009

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    7 And Terrified

    I spent the night with my grandma one night, and the next morning she woke me up screaming to get in her van. I kept asking her questions and she just kept crying that our house was burning. Instant tears, i didn't know how bad it was, who got out, if it was over, if my family...
    foreverwandering foreverwandering 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 30, 2010

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    sodapopp12 sodapopp12 31-35 Apr 30, 2012

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    On Christmas Day of this past year (2013) I

    went onto facebook after coming home from an outing with my boyfriend and his family. I see a pm from someone I did not expect to be contacted by. It was telling me that my family home had been completely destroyed by fire. FORTUNATELY , my family who lived there were all able...
    scarlettem scarlettem 46-50, F Jan 25

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    Not A Happy New Year's Eve

    It was 3 years ago tonight that my apartment building exploded and burned to the ground. I had just gotten off the phone with my mother, wishing her a happy new year. I heard what I thought was just a very loud bang and someone perhaps being slammed against the wall as all of my...
    dreamagal dreamagal 46-50, F Dec 30, 2012

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    Wake Up The House Is On Fire

    On February 17, 2012, we had a house fire. Luckily both grown sons were out of the house and my husband was still awake. I had gone to bed early that night and was just dozing off when he came into the bedroom, told me to go next door to call the fire department because the...
    Furmomma Furmomma 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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    Mine Could've Been A Lot Worse.

    I read some of the stories before posting mine and I gotta say, my story feels like it doesn't count (as much).  The thought of losing everything like this was and still is one of my biggest fears, and I can't imagine having to go through that...so if you're one of the many who...
    Arpijy Arpijy 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 24, 2012

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    House Fire

    Hii, i'm 17 and my house burnt down on June 8, 2007 Its been almost 5 years and i still cry. It was a thursday night my sister and I were working on homework for my math class so i would have it done for school the next day. It started getting late and we climbed into her bed...
    JoyclynNicole JoyclynNicole 16-17, F Aug 3, 2012

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    New House

    Even though the money I recieved from the fire is not enough to rebuild. I am thinking of purchasing a new house now. I think it would be really nice to be able to do this. I am not sure that I want to spend the money though.
    sodapopp12 sodapopp12 31-35 3 Responses Aug 26, 2009

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    I Knew I Saw I Called

    I was in the eighth grade and It was lunch time. My house was right across the street from the school. I got outside the cafeteria and I saw this smoke lingering around the roof. I knew it was on fire. So i asked my cousin for his phone and called 911. The lady thought I was...
    Missing22Aquarius Missing22Aquarius 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 17, 2013

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    House Fire

    Back couple years we had a house fire. My father was in the fire department. It was over winter break me dad left the house to go to work. He got 2 to 3 miles away heard on the scanner and came home. Ever one was out of the house. It takes 3 to 4 mins for the 1st engine with just...
    zuker zuker 22-25 Dec 29, 2012

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    House Fire May 31, 2012

    We were not home...my boyfiend left for work early and I took one of the dogs into the hospital for a surgery to remove tumours. After dropping my dog off, I came home for a second to check on the other dog and grab some cash for lunch later. I left, got a coffee and picked up...
    Member12 Member12 31-35 Dec 1, 2012

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    We Lost Everything In A House Fire 2½ Months Ago

    I'm just feeling very overwhelmed and looking for support from some people who have been there before...
    paulswiffy paulswiffy 36-40 5 Responses May 16, 2011

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    A Week Today

    a week tonight my husband and i were round the next door neighbours house, my phone charger caught fire and set fire to the sheets on my bed. first thing i knew about it was going back to the house to get a few drinks, i opened the back door and got a face full of smoke. i...
    crafterkim crafterkim 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 12, 2012

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    Loss Of Home May 31, 2008

    I am a soon to be 50 yo woman. I am married and have 3 sons, ages 22, 18, 17. We lost our home to a fire May 31, 2008. Needless to say, we have been wiped out mentally, emotionally, physically and most importantly financially. The fact that this happened at the beginning of the...
    a40961 a40961 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 6, 2011

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    We Had A House Fire November 28, 2010

    We lost our home the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28, 2010. We had been away for the weekend visiting family for Thanksgiving. When we returned home my mother that lives next door had cooked dinner for us. We went home unloaded one bag form the car, and cause the kids...
    acrowley0318 acrowley0318 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 26, 2011

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    February 24 2010 Second Part

    When we left off my parents were telling me we are staying in a hotel so lets get started : were staying in a hotel said my mom so off we went we stayed in the hotel for 46 days after the days we stayed in a a rental house that some friends let us rent we stayed in there until...
    Gpharr2 Gpharr2 13-15, F Jun 24, 2013

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    Jan 17, 2011- not as horrible

    as some stories I've read. Too heartbreaking to write mine though. My life is and will not ever be the same. I'm scared everyday. Bad horrible unthinkable things happen everyday so be thankful for any peace that exists within you.
    tixy0209 tixy0209 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    My Nightmare

    I had a house fire. Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Just over a week ago. It was not a house fire so much as a six-plex fire.   It was 6:30 in the evening. My husband, Scott, our room mate, Chris, and I had all been home from work for about an hour and a...
    scarletwings scarletwings 22-25 5 Responses Aug 5, 2009

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    The Princess and the Fire

      The Princess and the fire   One upon a time in a land, not so far away lived a princess, well at least she thought she was a princess….   There was a family who lived with all of the pleasures of the world right within the scope of their fingertips. They...
    sodapopp12 sodapopp12 31-35 3 Responses Sep 1, 2009

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    February 24 2010

    Okay so I know it's been awhile since this happened but I remember it like it was yesterday so here it goes: I was at church camp with my friend and we were coming home it's a six hours drive so it took awhile but when we got back my aunt was there to pick me up well this was the...
    Gpharr2 Gpharr2 13-15, F Jun 24, 2013

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    October 2008 House Fire

    I had a house fire in October of 2008. Almost a year has gone by. The stress of the fire is something that will live within me forever. I lost everything, the bible survived. A space heater caused the fire. The wiring inside of it wasn't up to standards apparently. I...
    sodapopp12 sodapopp12 31-35 8 Responses Aug 10, 2009

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    8 Years Old And Alone In House Fire

    Hi - I am now 52 years old,  When I was 8 years old I had the experience of a house fire. My mother had accidentally left a french fry pan on the stove at high heat and that is what started the fire. I tried for over half an hour to put the flames out by myself all the while...
    easti44 easti44 51-55 3 Responses Jun 30, 2010

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    I Survived My House Fire I Feel Lost & Alone.

    My house fire was nov 6. 2011. I was getting ready to leave my house to visit my aunt. I heard the smoke alarm go off, but didn't realize it was in my house. I went to the other end of my house, the fire was in the bathroom. I kinda panic & dial 911. I have Lupus.  I was trying...
    msp4u2b msp4u2b 46-50 5 Responses Nov 17, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    Okay so lets say my name is "Peter" and her name is "Anna" and my friends name is "Chris". Chris and i were really good friends. He was my first friend when i moved to Chicago. His...
    new29 new29 18-21, M 2 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    But we don’t just support you find a house, we supply you with every one of the Perth Amboy property facts you may need, including facts on faculties, real-estate agents in...
    Delbert1061v Delbert1061v 31-35, M 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    My dream house............... Not a damn condo, townhouse, Apartment.. I want a single family home.. two story with a basement. a 7 foot tall fence for my Danes.(dream dog) 4...
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    i was at this place a huge place, such a beautiful mansion like house..he came and he went or someone more like his indentical brother but who wasnt as good looking. he looked...
    Nishitaa Nishitaa 22-25, F Apr 5

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    One time when my dad was at work on a Saturday My sister and I had 2 friends over. We were baking a cake. Then Christian and and I took the cake box and filled it with paper and...
    SunshineC23 SunshineC23 18-21 4 Responses Apr 5

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    I literally have no friends. I suck at making friends and never really leave the house.
    Sniffly Sniffly 18-21, F 21 hrs ago

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    I'm only 16 so I wasn't sure if I was ready to become a fire fighter. After talking to the most important fire fighters in my life they made me realize that I didn't do all I did...
    16countrygirl 16countrygirl 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    Dear,, Hi.. please introduce myself,,I am Asian,24 years old. I am unemployed. I have been fired from the job I was in twice. I can hardly find any other job bcs of my bad...
    ddangkochimp ddangkochimp 22-25, F Apr 4

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    I caught my wife cheating last year and it was the best thing that ever happen. I lift her and started a new life with my kids. She lost her car her house and her respect from her...
    Poorspouses1 Poorspouses1 70+, M 7 Responses Apr 5

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    One of my favorite memories . When I would stay at my mawmaws house across the street from the marsh ( louisiana ) deep off in the country side ; my pawpaw would give us mason...
    LavenderTeal23 LavenderTeal23 31-35, F 3 days ago

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    I have been fired from both of my jobs my first job was at chick-fil-a I loved that job it was fun I love eating there and made friends I worked with I got the job in 7th grade and...
    Sheslikethewind Sheslikethewind 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7