HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A 74 year old Harrison County man is looking for answers. Why did his home burn to the ground this past weekend? And how is he going to get his life back together after losing everything to the flames?
Willie Pilgram walks his property, wondering what the future holds for him. There is nothing left of his home. The fire was so hot and so intense, even plastic buckets full of water melted.
He remembers when the fire broke out last Saturday night.
"They were beating on the door and I got up and walked around and looked. Fire was jumping way up in the air, and I ran and got the hose and tried to put it out. Couldn't put it out," Pilgram recalled.
Starting over at age 74 is not going to be easy.
"Yeah, it will be pretty hard. There wasn't any sense in this at all. Work all your life trying to have something," Pilgram lamented.
Pilgram had no insurance, and very little family here on the Gulf Coast. But the family and friends he does have care very deeply. They've set up an account at People's Bank in his name if you'd like to make a donation.
"I'm just asking please, donate if you can, whatever you can," implored
Pilgram's cousin, Crystal Vance. "I really appreciate it, and God will bless you all. I just want to get it done. I mean, that's my wish."
While the inferno may have taken Pilgram's worldly possessions, it did not take away his appreciation for the kindness that others have shown him since the fire.
"I have friends that have come from Mobile over here, brought me some clothes and all of that. People helping me and all of that, so it makes me feel good."
He says no matter what happens, he will rebuild his home and his life.
Meanwhile, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.