DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Two weeks ago, Mike Higginbotham's mother died. Last Thursday, his wife, Bridgett, was laid off from her job with a local temporary agency.
On Friday, the couple's Dunbar home was condemned by city officials after a large sinkhole opened beneath the foundation.
The Higginbothams' landlord won't be repairing the damage. "It's probably going to cost more to fix it than the house is worth," Mike said.
Mike and Bridgett Higginbotham were told they would have to move out of the dangerous structure immediately.
Mike understands that the city had to condemn the house. He understands that the landlord can't afford to fix it. But he and Bridgett don't know where they're going to move with their four children.
"If it was just me and my husband, I wouldn't care," Bridgett said. "But we've got kids."
Mike said he has worked since he was 15 years old. Last year he had to admit defeat and apply for disability, the result of a 35-foot fall that smashed his leg and damaged his back in 1993. The degenerative damage from the fall finally caught up with him.
He still works when he can, but he has been serving as a stay-at-home dad to his two sons, who are 1 and 4. Their two daughters are in school.
"We're trying to stay in the Dunbar area so I can keep the kids in school," he said.