How to recover from a house fire.
January 8, 2013 6:57 AM Subscribe
My in-laws' house burned down last night. What do they need right now
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According to news reports, it's a "total loss," but the news reports also have lot of other incorrect details. My husband was there last night and said it looks like it might not be that bad, but still, I saw video and it was one of those giant orange blazes. Let's assume that they will be unable to access any of their possessions in the short term.
Several years ago my husband actually lost everything in an apartment fire and he works in property/casualty insurance so we are not completely overwhelmed. When his apartment burned down, my husband remembers it as an onslaught of tiny details that needed to be taken care of, like rerouting his mail, getting internet access at his temporary place, getting a phone charger, etc. What other little items or tasks do they need to remember?
We know from experience that they may need our money and our time, but probably not all of our old stuff. My husband is out now taking them to rent a car and get new cell phones, and I will be printing any pictures of the interior of their house to help them itemize their possessions. What other tasks can we do for them now?
Some possibly relevant details:
* The fire started in the garage, so I assume both of their cars are lost.
* They have at least some of their credit cards.
* They have 4 indoor/outdoor cats, and 2 were outside at the time of the fire. They haven't been seen, as far as I know. It is winter and snowy here.
* They stayed at a neighbor's house last night, and will probably be in a nearby extended stay hotel for a while, depending on what their insurance company says. We do not have room for them here. It's a two bedroom apartment with two adults, one toddler, and a newborn on his way in the next month.
Also, the question is mainly about the very short term, but feel free to offer any advice about the long term. Thank you.