The Bells - Picking Up the Pieces

For: Brian & Alicia, Vayden, Khloe, and Raylen Bell
Organizer: Alicia Bell
The Bells - Picking Up the Pieces (Brian & Alicia, Vayden, Khloe, and Raylen Bell)
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The Story

Meet the Bells - Brian & Alicia, and their children Vayden 6, Khloe 4, and Raylen 9months...

In March 22nd of 2012, the Bells we suffered a house fire that resulted in a complete loss, including our beloved animals.  Thankfully, we had relief in having home owners insurance.  After being reimbursed, in May of 2012, we signed a 12 week contract to rebuild our home. This contract was to provide us a 3 bedroom 2 bath home on the same lot as the fire for $73,000.  After much deep breathing, come February of this year, it got to the point that our calls quit answering/returning our calls after we made the last installment payment towards the $73,000. At this point, all we thought we were lacking were flooring, trim, and kitchen cabinets. So we changed the locks on the house and were going to attempt to finish ourselves. However, after having the home inspected, this was the results...

*All of the 'completed' electrical throughout the house is completely illegal & under code.
*All of the 'completed' plumbing throughout the house is completely under code & running uphill and inward instead of downhill and outward.
*All of our heating & electrical throughout the house is completely under code.
*All of our windows are not up to fire code.
*Sewage is backed up underneath our crawlspace causing sewage gases to emit through our plywood floors along with black ‘colored’ mold throughout the entire crawlspace.
*The trusses in the attic were made for a trailor, no where near the rating/stability for a house.
*The metal roof covering the house is not even screwed down all the way.
*The 'completed' insulation is nowhere near standard.
*Our subflooring is jack-legged together and being bonded w/ shims & spray foam insulation in those areas.

So we filed a lawsuit.  After battling in court since February of this year, the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on July 18, 2013. Our final court date was dismissed.

All our children wanted were their purple and blue bedrooms. Now, over a year after the fire, we're still left with nothing. We're stuck in a rental house, barely putting food on the table, with the structure of a house that has to be tore down once again...All together, after court fees, home inspections, etc., we have a total loss of over $85,000. We'd love to have any of that back....

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