Lake Charles man loses everything in fire

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Friday afternoon Derain Jenkins got a call that nobody is ever prepared for.

"I got a call saying my house was burning and by the time I got here everything was gone," said Jenkins.

The house he was renting had caught fire, with all of his belongings in it.

"Everything I owned was in that house, like money, like everything. I have nothing now, so it's like I still have the feeling that I don't know what to do as of now," said Jenkins.

While all of his material possessions no longer exist, what's important is his loved ones remain.

"Actually I have nothing left, except for me, my daughters and my dog. I'm glad for their life, so I have nothing as of now," said Jenkins.

After Friday's fire, most of Jenkins' future remains very uncertain.

"It was my first time that anything had ever happened like that, I'm just hysterical, I don't know, you don't know what to do. Hopefully things will be alright, you're hoping, that's all you can think of," said Jenkins.

For Jenkins, all he can focus on now is picking up the pieces and trying to move on from here.

"I've got to start all over, I hope to God somebody will take care of me from here, so I've got to pray about it," he said.

After losing everything, Derain Jenkins will now turn to his family, friends and community for help.

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