LORENZO, TX (KCBD) - Three homes were destroyed by fire in Lorenzo on Tuesday, homes that were owned by the same family for 45 years.
Today they're left with their memories among the rubble.
"It changed my life tremendously," homeowner John Gonzales said. "I've been staying here for 45 years and everything I've put in there, everything I've possessed has gone up in smoke."
John and Charles Gonzales own the three homes that went up in flames Tuesday afternoon. Two of the homes were under renovation, except for the one John lived in.
"There's a part of me left in there," John said.
This fire is about more than just lost homes to this family, it's about the memories lost.
"We lost our mom and dad both to cancer. We were remodeling this house in honor of them and it's gone," Charles said.
Everyone in the family is feeling this loss.
"I've lived in this probably 25 years and John's house has been here for 45, 50 years. It's been here all his life," John and Charles's brother Manuel Gonzales said. "I used to run around here. This is where I grew up at and it's gone."
This family says this fire can burn their houses, but it can't burn the bond they still have.
"The love that we share in this family means the world to me," John said.
The fire is still under investigation. John is currently staying with his family in Lubbock.
There is a GOFUNDME to help John and Charles Gonzales. To donate click here.