Fox2 reports Detroit father of five Roderick Reynolds can’t believe all of his hard work has now been reduced to rubble.
“This for them, I don’t care about nothing. I just want my kids to be straight. That’s it,” said Rodrick Reynolds. “I’ve got to get food on the table. I’ve got kids and I’m a man so I’ve got to make sure I take care of them.”
The 32-year-old Independent contractor growing up in Detroit – but recently living in Troy.
“Work got really slow due to the coronavirus. I could no longer afford my lease out there. So I came here and started putting this home together for my family.”
Reynolds says he bought the house on Dickerson Street on Detroit’s east side from the city Land Bank about a year ago. And over the last three months – he’s been working 24-7 to fix it up.
“I was probably a week or two from completing it and now it’s gone,” he said.
Transforming the home back into a single-family home – Reynolds says he put about $50,000 into it so far.
“There’s a lot of stuff that I want but I prioritize for my family,” he said. Every dollar.”
Reynolds says early Thursday morning – he took a break from working on drywall and stopped by a friend’s house to shower but fell asleep.
Reynolds got a call around 4 a.m. that the home was on fire. His dog was still inside.
“It’s devastating for me, but I mean, I’m a big boy so I’m going to just keep on pushing,” he said.
A GoFundme has been set up, and the goal of 100k has quickly been surpassed with $447k raised.