By Matt Fitzpatrick
Feb. 24th 11:30 am
USC student Angela Wideman was at work when grease her roommate had left on the stove in their Woodlands apartment caught fire.
"It blew up the microwave, it caused a fire behind the walls of the stove, and it was so hot that all the sprinklers came on. And it damaged three other apartments also," Wideman says.
Neither Wideman or her roommate have renter's insurance, and that could make the accident very costly. The Woodlands manager Kelly Tiblier hopes others can learn from the experience.
"It's a good example of people who live off campus making sure you have renters insurance because that's going to take care of something like this," says Tiblier.
Renter's insurance covers personal property including clothes, furniture, and other belongings.
State Farm representative Pam Crossland says renter's insurance can be a very good investment.
"In the event that you have a claim you need to be able to recoup what you've paid for your personal items you want to be able to get those things back you want to be able to replace them," says Crossland.
Crossland says insurance for most student housing complexes can be purchased for as low as $10 a month.