Any suggestions on dealing with fire damage

  • My condo burned up saturday morning. I am okay and so is my cat. My friends and family have been great and supportive and the Fire Dept. was incredible workers.I have Home Owner Insurance and have called the phone,cable,power co. and all that type of stuff. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to deal with such a disaster. Any thoughts and anyone with such experience would be most appreciated. Thank you


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  • Robert yes these people are your first port of call.It might also be an idea to call your doctor to give you a check over. It's a nasty shock to your system. Some people need some counselling particularly with the emotional loss. Not saying you do but it could be an option for you. Take care.

  • Sleepmonk,
    Sorry to hear about what happened.
    I am afire officer here in the UK and if I may, let me shed a positive note on what has happened.
    Obviously, its a total disaster. Lots of mess, lost posessions and the inconvenience of it all. Then theres the phonecalls to insurance etc.(Dont let them rip you off)
    But, from what you say no-one was injured (including the firefighters) so take the positives out of that. Unfortunately, alot of people are not as lucky as you.
    I know you dont feel lucky right now, but someone was smiling on you!

    Hope it all goes well!!!!

  • Thank you Keith, David & Soulmover.I went to the hospital Saturday and I was checked out fine just blisters on my face and feet. I am blessed to still have my life and my cat Miles Davis. Thank you for words & support, I just hear horror stories about Ins. Co. and restoration companies and the process of rebulding. I did at least find two Glenn Hughes Discs Feel and Songs in the Key of Rock. So Glenn's spirit will keep me positive thru this. Thanks again for the postitve words.


  • Always keep in mid that insurance companies are notoriously SLOW. They will do any and everything to try and get out from a buck or two. For the most part, though, you should get back on your feet quicker than you'd think. As the others have said, if you have a reputable company they will work for you and get you up and about ASAP.

    Beware the builders who are probably already knocking !!! Do your research and do not settle. I am sure a few of my former Floridian friends here will tell you, just be patient and things will be OK.

    I am glad to hear that you were mostly unscathed and that Miles still has a few lives left !!! You need a friend like that to get you through the hardest parts.

    Good luck.

    "if only we'd turn around and notice the door to the cell is open"

  • Sorry to hear about this fire to your home, Robert,
    but along with all the other GHCPs, we're very happy
    that you and "Miles Davis" got out OK.........

    Did I happen to see a rack/shelving with cassette tapes stored on it,
    in one of the posted photographs of the fire damage?
    And are those the only few GH CDs that were saved?
    Maybe a few replacement "copy" CDs could be made and sent to you?
    (I won't use the word "B _ _ _." There's no joke with a fire.)
    Let us know if we can help with this, OK?

    PS.......In other news, call up family and friends, and ask them
    to make copies of lost / damaged photographs for you.
    Anybody can buy new furniture, clothes, pots and pans, etc.
    but your photographs are what make

    Thinking of you, and wishing you a fast recovery.......

    OK........I lied.

    Here's a joke that.......MIGHT........make you laugh:

    Your cat is named Miles Davis? :eek:

    Miles Davis? :eek:

    Not...............Glenn Hughes? :eek:

    OK...........It looks like I will be forced to kill you :axe:


  • Frank,Grace and all GHCP thank you for your advice and your warm thoughts and concern. They are very much appreciated.

    I am lining up meeting with Ins. people now and it all so much to take in but thankful for my parents and friends I will get thru this.

    I only have a computer at work so I don't get check on GHPG when on lunch break and long holds on the phone but it cheers me up to read about the voice of rock and his music gives me comfort. God bless you all Glenn & all GHCP.

    Sincerely Robert Lewis

  • And are those the only few GH CDs that were saved?
    Maybe a few replacement "copy" CDs could be made and sent to you?
    (I won't use the word "B _ _ _." There's no joke with a fire.)
    Let us know if we can help with this, OK?

    Lovely answer, Robert.
    You get the: ~ GHCP Charming Correspondent Award ~ :rose:

    Now answer my question........
    I don't have any "machinery" but I do have a few copies
    of assorted GH albums...usually car extras. Let us know if
    we can help you replace anything GH that you lost in the fire.

    And if you post a mailing address for us,
    that I will not show up at your front door with an ax :axe:


  • Thank you Grace for your kind words which bring a smile to my face. I did find Songs in the key of Rock and Feel cd. "Change" "Livin' for the minute" "Talkin' to Messiah" and "Higher Places (for Bonzo)" are songs of inspiration for me, his words mean much more now than I ever realized. I don't feel comfort asking for anything, I have been given the most precious gift my life and my cat's life. Once I get on my feet again I will be buying all of Glenn's Cd so he can get the money and record sales he properly deserves. Yet I will say I do miss Play Me Out and YATMWJTB the most as of now.

    God bless you Grace, Glenn, & all the GHCP.

    Robert Lewis
    4605-A Coronado Drive
    Charlotte,N.C. 28212

    Change is my favorite song now.

  • Hey.....don't try to damage my mean image.
    Remember, I'm the EVIL ax murderer around here.

    You already bought your GH albums in the past,
    so Glenn certainly got the money from you, for his work.
    I just figured that with everything else that you have to replace,
    buying replacement CDs couldn't be on the top of your list.

    I don't know if, as of now, you even have a CD player,
    but I'll send a little package 'O stuff to your address to help
    fill in a few "nooks and crannies" from your GH collection.

    Take care,


    Now..........where's my road map for North Carolina?
    Heh, heh, heh :axe:


  • Thank you (Mean Axe Welding Angel) Grace, it would be very much appreciated. My Sister gave her little boombox which plays cds and cassettes. So me and Miles can dance to the music of the divine.

    God Bless. Robert Lewis

  • Mean Axe Welding.........My Sister.......

    Ahhhh, yes, your sister...........
    I remember meeting her at the US Ax Murderers convention :axe:

    Tell her that "Jersey" says hello to "North Carolina." :hi5:
    (You gotta' laugh, to keep from crying.)



  • Sleepmonk - so, so sorry to hear of your tragedy and the hardship. A friend of mine in Michigan and her family have suffered in a very similar situation recently and everyone's rallied round by sending her and her husband monies via paypal. Would be happy to do the same for you to help you rebuild your possessions.

    You and your puss are okay so that's the most important thing. Email me with any albums you need of Glenn's and I'll promptly get some of them to you.

    Take care x

    'You thought that you could take me for granted, but I couldn't take it no more. Better run if you see me coming ... '

  • Thank you Grace & Shirley, this week will hopefully be better than last. I spent all weekend going thru the house looking for Model & Serial # to anything that I could and making a inventory which is mental taxing. To relax I just play with Miles Davis(my cat), listen to Glenn Hughes and hang out with my best friend Susan (who I am living with until I can find time to apartment shop).

    Dennis, my neighbor that took the photos on the day of the day (3-10-2007) put them on a cd for me. I had him come over on this Sunday to take pictures of the inside the way it looks now to help document all this for me.

    Thank you both for your thoughts & prayers. Shirley, your friend in Michigan will be in my thoughts & prayers. I keep you updated when I can. Most of my time is making list of contents and meeting Ins. People and Restoration companies.

    The photo in which you see me pointing in is where the fire engineer cut out the wiring, electrical socket and they took the lamp.

    I put another photo from the day of the fire because it is so surreal to look at now, it is Dennis's first photo coming out of his house. You see me on the right leaning against the green fence in my underwear. I had no time to grab anything.

    Robert Lewis :confused:

  • Impossible to find the right words. Reading about your tragedy is one thing, seeing some of the photos is something else.

    Don't forget where we are - a lot of good people on here. Give me a shout when you're ready. x

    'You thought that you could take me for granted, but I couldn't take it no more. Better run if you see me coming ... '

  • Thank you Shirley,

    This disaster has humbled me by the generous of friends & strangers and I will grow from this experience to be a better person and better writer. Once I get back on my feet I plan to be more active in my community, GHPG world and extend my hand out to others in the need of help :bow:

    This has been the most challenging thing I ever had to go thru.

    Yet I think of Buddha's four noble truths:

    1. Suffering: Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering; in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.

    2.The cause of suffering: The desire which leads to renewed existence (rebirth) (the cycle of samsara)
    3.The cessation of suffering: The cessation of desire.
    4.The way leading to the cessation of suffering: The Noble Eightfold Path;

    I wish you all the best in life & health. Take care of yourself and have a wonderful weekend :claphands :heart:

    Sincerely a GHCP,

    Robert Lewis

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