So, My dad was working on a leaking sink in a bathroom and my mom yells there is a fire. Their cable box caught fire, they put the fire out without a problem and mom called the cable company. While mom was on the phone with cable people, the house lost power but only half of the house.. My uncle is pretty handy with electric stuff and couldn't figure it out. There is no way they can afford an electrician. Any ideas please? Any thoughts are welcome
It sounds like they have a floating neutral in the power. If outside at the cable junction box take a look at the connectors. If they are burned or melted then it is a floating neutral and the power in the house looked for a ground which the cable lines are grounded with the house electric. This allowing the cable to get energized which can cause the fire
This sounds like either the problems are unrelated, or have the same cause (lightning strike or other severe surge), or the short that caused the fire drew enough current to damage the house wiring. Two out of three of those suggest there's now potential for a much more serious fire. If you don't have the knowledge to isolate the problem, please hire someone who does. This is a case of "if you have to ask you shouldn't try, and even if you know what you're doing getting a pro may save your having to rip open walls for inspection. "
You can't afford not to have this done right.
It sounds like the fire and plumbing work are unrelated. You should replace the old cable box and not plug in the burned one again! If you go to your circuit breaker box, you should be able to turn on the circuits that switched off due to the fire. If the breakers trip again, you might have a more serious electrical problem.