Veteran loses home, medals, cat in fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A disabled veteran is homeless after a fire destroyed his home in northeast Albuquerque, but that’s only half the story.

Floyd Molina’s home sat on property he rents and has been told the charred mess needs to go soon.

The disabled vet served in the army for nearly 20 years but now his mementos from his time in the service are gone, his awards and medals.

“Feels like a nightmare, you know?” says Molina

That nightmare began Tuesday afternoon when Molina and his daughter were cooking dinner, “the electricity went out so, we were waiting for it to come back on and I forgot the stove was on so, we left and went to the store.”

When Molina and his daughter returned, he was greeted by flames and firefighters, “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t comprehend that it was mine.”

Molina’s thoughts immediately went to his cat, Baby, “I was concerned about my cat and we found my cat in my back bedroom on the bed so, apparently, she was waiting for me to come back; my companion.”

Baby, Molina’s cat died in the fire.

Floyd Molina will have to clean-up and remove his charred house from the lot that he rents and says he doesn’t know how he will do that.

Molina lost everything and his nightmare will continue, he did not have insurance, “I couldn’t afford it at the time… I was in the process of trying to get insurance but, a little too late.”

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