Nick and Pam Fiore moved into a home where they thought they would spend the rest of their lives. After an underground coal blast shook the ground, their dream came crumbling down.
It's been 5 long years. 5 long years of living in total…well, terror that your roof's going to fall on your head. Cold, fear, uncertainty. It was a process of time. The dampness, the rotting, the destruction of this house is me, its my marriage.Nick Fiore:
September 2004…. I think…..it was…… Oxford Mining out there let off a big blast, that's when it shook the house, cracked the roof, had over a dozen leaks to the roof that day, had water come in from the back, especially in the kids room. I can smell the mold; there is no insulation on the roof since we took the roof off the dirt and the Styrofoam.
It’s hard to carry on a conversation without bringing up the house, our health, what's going on. Maybe I should've took my wife and told the kids, hey lets get out of here, until this is all over but that would've been like you was running from…. I’ll stand here until…. I’ll stand here because the truth is the truth and if it kills me, then OK it kills me. But the truth is the truth. It ain't going to change.Pam Fiore:
I don't know. I truly don't know the reason nick doesn't want to leave this house… I don't know. I think he wants to be his own boss, that's why he started his own business. Nick wants total control of nick's life. And I think that’s why he wants to stay here.Nick Fiore:
The more you go through the pain, the suffering, the trials, its just like gods got a way of purifying you before he calls you home, and this has just been part of his plan. I’ve tried to accept it. As you get older, you just want a peace of mind, peace of heart, peace of soul, that’s quiet, time to talk to god,Pam Fiore:
"Wake up, look what's happening, don't you care?" and he'd just keep going. Since it's been 5 years in this house environment, I mean we're like rotting in this house. I keep it dark on purpose because I don’t want to see the damages to my home.Nick Fiore:
These curtains are up, I like to look outside, windows all fogged and steamed up, ......you wash them if they are dull, dingy and dirty, then you look in the yard, grass ain't been mowed, nah… its depressing. You know this was a beautiful home. There wasn't a handful; there isn’t a handful of them in the state of Ohio. It was an underground house, this one worked.this one worked. My god, I lost all that stuff.Pam Fiore:
I don't have any hope. I had once, and I know I want to get out here and I have a need and that is I need to get out of here. I think that once I get out of this house, my entire mentality and physical condition will start changing because I’ll have a reason to go on.
But I always heard that god helps those who help themselves and to watch your family, your home, and your business, leave you and he just sits there for 5 yrs, no, I don’t know if my marriage is going to last. Love: something I feel is just beyond my fingertips. If I can just reach out and do something right. And even though I fought, I gave it my very best shot, I fought and I fought, I lost.Nick Fiore:My wife, mentally, it’s robbed her. It’s hard to get a smile; it’s hard to get laughter. When it comes, laughter comes as a release, ....... but its also relieving, its very interesting to see my wife laugh. Pam Fiore:
I live on what I know now to be my past mistakes and where I went wrong and what I should have done different. I do that in my mind when nobody’s around and I talk about it. There is no home, this is not home. This is just a place where I’m decaying. I'm at the point in my life here I'm too tired to try to rekindle ...what we once had.
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