Detroit father of 5 "devastated" after home, work truck destroyed in fire

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 7th, 2020 9:51 am

Last Updated Jun 8th, 2020 at 11:57 am

A Detroit father of five on Thursday said he was "devastated" after his newly renovated home and work truck were destroyed in a blaze.

Roderick Reynolds, who had "put every dollar" into his house, had fallen asleep at his friend's place when he received a phone call from a neighbor saying his house was on fire.

"Of course I didn't want to believe that, because I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it," Reynolds said. "When I came, the entire house was gone. I lost a family pet, as well as everything else."

Reynolds bought the fixer-upper so his children could have their own rooms. He said his family has always comes first.

"It's a lot of stuff that I want, but I prioritize for my family. Every dollar I get I put into my house, and I take care of my kids," Reynolds said fighting back tears. "It's devastating for me, but I mean, I'm a big boy, so I'm gonna just keep on pushing."

A $100,000 GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Reynolds and his children get back on their feet. Within 24 hours, over $450,000 has been raised by over 18,000 donors.

Reynolds was humbled by the support.

"I've been blessed. Now those tears of pain have turned around to tears of joy. The reality still hasn't set in," he said. "I'm just glad everyone is seeing the good in me. I do a lot of good for a lot of people and I never look for anything in return."

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