If your house was going to burn down, what would you take?

Asked by Josh Board

November 8, 2007

Judith Zerlin

From Vista (Retired)

I would take my two parakeets first. All of my jewelry, which isn't much. It wouldn't take much time to gather all that. I'd take the pictures off the walls. I would also take some clothes. I can't picture these people losing their homes and having no clothes to wear. Oh, I'd probably take passports and important papers, too.

Chris Doom

From Santee (Clerk)

My fish. I have five African cichlids. I'd probably just throw them in a bucket instead of trying to get the whole aquarium out. They're only eight or nine inches long. I would get my photos. They show the places I've been all over the world. To be honest, I'm not sure what else. Oh, I guess I'd grab my plasma TV.

Anthony Carteron

From Santee (Stereo Installation)

Really, I don't have a lot that is valuable. I'd probably just grab pictures and my laptops. Those are the only things I'd need. And, I don't own a lot of expensive stuff. And I don't have a big collection of any one thing.

Sharla Dee

From Mission Valley (Student)

I don't have all that much. First, I'd grab the pictures and photo albums. Anything that was handed down from my family, like jewelry. I have a lot of stuff like that. There's a family cookbook that has been passed down from generation to generation, with all our secret family recipes. I would get clothes, important papers, and the daily necessities.

Alex Anderson

From College Area (Student)

I would grab my golf clubs. I would get my computer. And, well, that's pretty much it. I have a few boxes of pictures I'd grab. But I don't have any pets or anything like that. I'd try to grab a few of the valuables, too.

Michael Rutman

From Carmel Valley (Physician)

I would grab personal items that can't be replaced, like pictures. I would want to grab important papers and things like my passport, mortgage [papers]. Well, that stuff should probably be kept in a safety deposit box in the first place. I would want family heirlooms, like watches and jewelry. Anything with sentimental value or that's inscribed. Why try to save a sofa or TV? Those things can be replaced, and probably with better ones than you already have.


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