Grandmother loses dog, belongings in house fire - WNEM TV 5


Grandmother loses dog, belongings in house fire

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1900 block of Ribble Road, BV Twp. (Source: WNEM) 1900 block of Ribble Road, BV Twp. (Source: WNEM)

Things seem to be looking up for a Saginaw County woman who said she lost everything in a house fire.

"Everything that I have, everything that I worked for. Everything. I have nothing," said Michelle Flowers. "I don't have a coat, it's snowing. I can't even go to the store and buy me a coat because they don't even sell coats now."

Flowers lost her house, all of her belongings and even the family dog.

"I don't even have a picture, she was a pit bull. She was my baby," Flowers said.

The fire happened on the 1900 block of Ribble Road in Buena Vista Township about 11:15 p.m. April 5.

Flowers said along with her dog she lost all of her possessions, including family photos and new furniture.

Her car was also heavily damaged in the fire, Flowers said it isn't drivable.

"I didn't find out until yesterday that my car, I lost my car as well. And later on that night, that's when they came and told me that they found my dog in the basement," Flowers said.

Flowers said she already works two jobs, and right now is living out of a hotel. But she has found a silver lining, none of her grandchildren were at the home at the time of the fire.

 "So I am thankful, I have things to be grateful for, don't get me wrong. And a lot of people are saying that material things can be replaced. But I have some things that can't be replaced," Flowers said.

Flowers is currently working with her insurance company to figure out what items were covered in the fire.

Meantime, people in the community are stepping up to give her a helping hand, including one man who called himself “Santa Claus.”

“Santa Claus showed up. He showed up with a blue and white hat. U of M colors, U of M fan," Flowers said. "He just dropped out of the sky to assist me and help me with a small donation. Excuse me, not a small donation, because any donation I get is big.”

Besides the hat, Flowers said “Santa” encouraged her, and she hopes to track him down one day to repay his kindness.

Flowers has also been helped by the Emmaus House, receiving things like towels and blankets. The Emmaus House is a free donation center where people can get items to help rebuild their lives. And that’s something Flowers has faith will happen.

“I’m going to take it minute by minute, one day at a time. And just, you know, depend on God. He’s going to pave the way for me and just work everything out,” Flowers said.

For anyone interested, donations are being accepted at the Residence Inn near the Fashion Square Mall in Kochville Township.

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