I Had a House Fire

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 109 People

    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
    Sep 16, 2012

    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

    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

    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
    Dec 29, 2012

    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

    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
    Dec 1, 2012

    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
    18-21, F
    Aug 3, 2012

    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

    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
    3 Responses Sep 1, 2009


    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

    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
    3 Responses Dec 29, 2012

    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
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 6, 2014

    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

    November 27, 2015 is the day my life changed

    forever. We were sleeping, and at around 4:30 am one of my dogs woke my husband (who was asleep on the couch in the living room, the room of origin) to where he could realize what was happening around him and he instinctually ran out the front door. That door slamming open is...
    Createdbytheash Createdbytheash
    31-35, F
    Jul 21, 2015

    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
    8 Responses Aug 10, 2009

    Hello - I'm looking to find heros

    that helped you in your needs when you had a fire that you would want to recognize in a TV show. Particular interest is those that went into your home to find precious items important to you. It can be traumatizing to have to do this yourself. Was there an investigator or...
    lilchick47 lilchick47
    41-45, F
    Sep 12, 2014

    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

    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

    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
    Mar 28, 2013

    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

    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

    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
    Mar 13, 2013

    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
    6 Responses Dec 21, 2008

    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
    18-21, F
    May 22, 2013
    sodapopp12 sodapopp12
    Apr 30, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Jun 30, 2010

    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
    1 Response Oct 3, 2012

    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

    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
    5 Responses Aug 5, 2009

    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
    5 Responses Nov 17, 2011

    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
    3 Responses Feb 12, 2012

    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
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 5, 2014

    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
    18-21, F
    Jun 24, 2013

    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

    I had a house fire and a house explosion.

    House fire when I was about 8 and explosion when I was 14. My brother lost movement from the mid chest down. It's a hard time. I completely understand the whole issue. It's hard to get through it. Just keep friends and family near by.
    18-21, M
    May 1, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    Stupid Plug, Stupid Drill Charger, Stupid Step Mother In Law

    Lets start with the happiest day of my life, june25, 2011 is when i got married to my soul mate, Dustin. it was my dream wedding, a small ceremony of 8 ppl. the very next day we moved out of our appartment that we have been in for nearly 3 years and move about 6 hours away into...
    snelletrail snelletrail
    26-30, F
    May 9, 2013

    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

    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
    1 Response Aug 26, 2009

    I will never forget that night of April 28th,

    2011. My husband and I got a trailer that we were renting to buy. I was like "Yes! Our first home!". I am a serious pyrophobic, so I had an electrician check every wire, outlet, circuit breaker, furnace, and light fixture. Everything checked out good, and I installed an...
    jt8md88 jt8md88
    31-35, M
    1 Response Sep 3, 2014

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    Jun 24, 2013

    In November 2013, my house

    since I was 4 burned. It happened in the middle of the night. My dad had been sleeping downstairs, my mom upstairs, and my and my younger sister were at our grandmother's house. My dad woke up, saw the fire and called for my mom, who woke up. The main staircase was burning and...
    Memmirules Memmirules
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jul 20, 2015

    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
    51-55, F
    Jan 25, 2014

    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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