Jill Mikenia

My friend Jill Mikenia is in need of our help and anyone who is able to .  Her home caught on fire 2 a.m. Monday (1/21/19)  and was left homeless. Thankfully, she was able to get her disabled husband out of the home to safety in time. Unfortunately, she was unable to save her deployed son's cat who perished in the fire.  Her 2 Blood Hounds are currently under veterinarian care but are in stable condition. At this point, her only concern is to be able to cover costs for her 2 survived animals. Here is the link covering her story from Irving, Texas.


Video: WFAA
Fire, Death, Shutdown: Irving family faces a rough January
A couple in Irving, Texas can't catch a break. Their home caught fire. They couldn't save their son's cat. And they are one of many families impacted by the government shutdown.
Author: Tiffany Liou
Published: 5:05 PM CST January 22, 2019
Updated: 6:00 PM CST January 22, 2019
IRVING, Texas — On Tuesday morning, Jill Mikienia spent the day salvaging what is left of her Sunnybrook Drive home.

It caught on fire Monday around 2:00 in the morning. Jill heard a pop as she was falling asleep. She got up and walked toward the sound, finding her garage on fire.

Mikienia called 911, dragged out two dogs and three cats, and helped her disabled husband to safety. But not everyone made it.

"My son's cat didn't make it," Mikienia said in tears. She was pet-sitting for her 23-year-old son who is deployed overseas with the Navy. The cat died from smoke inhalation.

"It almost seems like a failure. You know, I'm supposed to take care of his things while he was gone. And one of the most important things to him, I couldn't save," Mikienia said.

Their home is unlivable. Mikienia is searching for a temporary place that will take them in with their remaining pets.

And as the saying goes: When it rains, it pours.

Mikienia is also one of many people hurting from the government shutdown. She hasn't been paid for six weeks.

"In the up and coming, my concerns, of course, are not only the house, but my concerns are food and having a place to stay," Mikienia said.

She's hoping things will starting turning up from here.


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Corpus Christi, TX
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