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The Layoff Might Have Saved My Home!

Posted By Ester Venouziou, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The day after I got laid off from the St. Petersburg Times there was a massive electrical power surge in my house.

I had just gotten home from some LocalShops1 appointments and was home taking care of paperwork when all of a sudden my ceiling fan went nuts, crazy-high speed. Then the lights became brighter and the air conditioning revved up ... It was like my home was about to take off.

Turns out something had happened that shredded the electrical wires, taking down the line. The Gulfport fire department arrived quickly to block off the area. Progress Energy came out half an hour later and replaced everything.

Zapped in the process: my oven, microwave, water heater and cable line.

BrightHouse came out and replaced the cable line the next day.
I have a claims call in to Progress Energy, to see if they will pay for repairs or replacement of the other zapped appliances.

 "This really could have all blown up your house!' the cable guy said, showing me a piece of the melted cable line. "You were very lucky."

Lucky indeed. Had I not been laid off the day before, I would not have been home to call the fire department.  Instead I'd have been at work, maybe editing a story about a local family who lost their home to a fire ...

Are you starting over after a layoff? We want to hear your story! Please email us at, and include your story and contact info. We will try to include as many stories as possible in future blogs.

Ester Venouziou, founder of and co-founder of Gulfport! Magazine, is available for freelance projects: writing, editing, design or social media. She can be reached at or 727.637.5586.

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KnowHowe says...
Posted Thursday, October 13, 2011
Holy cow Ester! Getting laid off DID save your house! Electrical problems is scary stuff. Glad you saved your house and hope you get everything fixed fast!
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