Fire in the apartment next door
September 26, 2010 5:02 PM Subscribe
There was a fire in the next door apartment, and as a result many of our things were damaged. What should we be doing?
posted by gushn to Work & Money (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We are renting in a highrise in New Jersey. There was a pretty heavy fire in the apartment next door, and while we were evacuated, many of our items were damaged. We're glad to be alive but now we have to clean our apartment and deal with the consequences. I've never had anything like this happen, and am not sure what to do!
Apparently the neighbor's oven caught on fire, and the doorman says there was some plastic left in there too which made the fumes especially terrible.
While we were gone, the firefighters came in since the windows were all open when we returned. The floor was all wet with some kind of dirty water, the rugs were all drenched, and many of the items in our living room have some kind of water damage, including some boxed electronics equipment (now unboxed), a lot of my girlfriend's clothes, and a laptop that was unfortunately left on the floor. :(
Some maintenance workers came in and immediately mopped up the floor to prevent water damage, but the place still stunk afterwards and the floors were very dirty. We have been cleaning for the last hour. We've had the windows wide open but the apartment still smells very smoky, like burnt plastic.
I don't think we have an insurance policy for this-- we're certainly not paying extra for anything at moment-- but would it be something we should look into? Should we talk to the building's management office, or to our neighbor? Any advice?