An East Texas man says he's just taking it day by day after losing his home and everything inside of it in a fire. KLTV 7 first told you about George Lampkin Wednesday. His Tyler home went up in flames, the same day he planned his brother's funeral. Now, he's left wondering what to do next.
"Yeah, it messed up everything," said Lampkin. All that's left of Lampkin's home is charcoaled furniture, smoke damaged walls and melted appliances.
"It just bubbled up," said Lampkin as he looked at what's left of his refrigerator. The fire is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events. Lampkin's older brother, who he takes care of, recently went into the hospital for pneumonia. When he got out, they learned their other brother had passed away from an apparent heart attack. Lampkin says he was actually on the way home from planning his brother's funeral when he saw the flames.
"Oh, I said not at this time," said Lampkin. "I was just fixing to have a funeral, so I'm just lucky no one was in there. I'm lucky my brother wasn't in there. I was lucky he was in the nursing home." With nothing left, but the clothes on his back, Lampkin says he is turning to family and friends for support. Friends say he's the type of person you just have to help.
"With the little bit he does have, he's not selfish with it, or anything," said Lampkin's God sister Shawanna Hayter. "He tries to give back. He's very nice, outgoing and giving, and I don't see why anybody wouldn't help him." Right now, Lampkin knows he needs so much, but asks for one thing.
"We just wish everybody just pray for us," said Lampkin. "That's the main thing. Pray for us, and hope we make it through it." Lampkin was renting the home and did not have renter's insurance. If you would like to help him, contact Big Mamma's Soul Food restaurant in Tyler. That's located on North Palace Avenue. You can call them at 903-593-7027.