My first ever apartment that I got on my own burned to the ground and left me to look through the remains to salvage what I could.
About me - graduated college, got a graphic arts job, lived with roommate for a few years, finally saved up and post-poned some college loans so I could rent my very first apartment that I could call my own. I invested in furniture (just stuff from Bobs, nothing fancy, but I was very proud), and moved all my stuff out of my parents and felt like an 'adult' - paying bills, gaining credit, working. Then an electrical fire on the main floor of my building shot up in the middle of the night, waking me up to smoke alarms and sprinklers and fire coming through the halls. The heat was incredible. I grabbed my two cats and put them in their travel case, but couldnt find my bunny (she was hiding in fear), and was forced to leave her. The smoke was so thick I couldnt see my hands in front of me.
After spending the late/early hours in the cold in my PJs with my cats in their carrier, I watched the roof fall in. The days following I had to return to my parents, with just the pjs on my back and my cats. I got to go back into my apartment, and salvaged some stuff, but lost nearly everything. Including my bunny. One of the worst parts was that I noticed some stolen items. I had a jar of foreign money (a few hundred dollars worth at least), that I had collected through the years, and the jar was opened, the bills were taken out, the coins inside were left, and then the lid of the jar was put back on!!! My camera and laptop were both taken out of their cases, and the cases were left from behind. As if the blow from the fire wasnt enough, I was then stolen from. (I am doubtful the laptop or camera even worked! The fire hoses and sprinklers would have soaked them, I just wanted the memory cards off of them!).
Anyway, I am not one to ask for hand outs, but I had no renters insurance (stupid, I know), and lost my job due to having to move back in with my parents because I had no where else to go. I am lucky to have them, but they have no money and I was trying to work and better myself to make their life easier in their golden years. Now I ask for help to regain what I lost. I have my furniture bills, and am slowly trying to get clothes back for job interviews, and get another laptop that I can do my graphic design work on. Its a very slow and painful process, and with all my money drained out, I dont have suitable credit to pay first and last months rent on an apartment.
If any one can help it would be amazingly helpful. Bless you all.