How do I help my friend who just lost everything she owns in a fire?
July 10, 2008 10:45 PM Subscribe
My friend's apartment just burned down and everything she owns is gone. How do I help? Any advice for her I can pass on?
posted by katemcd to home & garden (29 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
One of my dearest friends just called me about 2 hours ago to tell me that she was watching her apartment, and in fact the entire building, burn to the ground. Everything she owns is gone with the exception of the clothes she was wearing, her purse, and anything that may have been in her car. We don't have all the details yet, but it sounds like one of her neighbors did something dumb with fire, like grilling in an enclosed wooden porch.
Besides listening, how can I help? Unfortunately, neither one of us is in a flush financial situation. She's going to her sister's tonight and will very likely stay there for a bit. She's still in shock, but I think it will hit her tomorrow. Hell, I am in shock and it's not even my home and possessions. I know this will suck regardless, but I would like to make it easier any way I can.
Also, does anyone have any advice I can pass on to her? She has renter's insurance, but she recently moved and had not updated the address yet. She's not sure how that might impact things. She will be starting over from scratch and it's going to be tough figuring out exactly where to begin. Thank you!