ETOILE, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas man finally has a new home to live in after his burned down last December. However, his journey the last several months wasn't so easy.
David Chandler who lives at the Shirley Creek Marina in Etoile was reading when his dog jumped on his bed to warn him of a fire. Seconds later, he saw his home burn into flames and his precious items to ashes.
"It was just total devastation. I literally collapsed. I didn't know what else to do," Chandler said.
But the flow of the tears was also due to his weakening health. He lost all his medicine in the fire.
Months earlier, in the summer, he was diagnosed with cancer and his heart condition, congestive heart failure, wasn't pumping enough blood.
Brewing a lot of emotions, it was daily reminder of that night. However, David relies on his faith to overcome the hurdles.
"I was reading and I looked down and a piece of my burnt Bible was sitting at my feet. And that (area) had been cleaned up for a week," Chandler said.
With the help of his friends and family, David is now living in a new home right across the old home. Red Cross and Walgreens also helped get all his medicine sorted.
Doctors told him recently that he's cancer-free and he can now work on improving his heart.
More importantly, he's grateful of his trusted friend and dog, Rusty.