Soldiers Home Burns in Fire, Today They Start Picking Up the Pieces

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -- Not only has he lost everything, he's headed to Iraq while his wife and children are left to rebuild.

Private First Class Leroy Poore is a member of the 1038th attached to the 39th and is training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.  He got back in Region 8 late Wednesday night and on Thursday looked at ashes that were once his home.

"It's bad, especially when you're down there and you've got enough stuff going on and you get a phone call like this," said Poore.

Poore and his wife Diane have two little girls.  Thankfully nobody was home when the fire started.  For now they are staying with her brother.

"I've got a four day pass and I have to leave my family with nothing it seems like.  I'm not going to be able to get them back on their feet the way they need to be," said Poore.

While looking at their house a friend of the Poore family dropped off some bags of clothing which is a good step towards getting back on track.

"Words can't describe how grateful I would be for people to help my family out.  I've always been the type of guy that I hate to ask for anything but I need all the help I can get right now," said Poore.

For now, the family is just looking over the things they've lost and getting ready to move forward with their lives no matter how difficult that may be in the coming days and months.

"I'm going to be worried about my family at home.  You worry about them enough but now that they don't have anything at home it's going to be that much worse not being able to be here with them to help them cope with it its hard to even describe," said Poore.

Here are the sizes for the family:


Pants 32-32

Shirts medium

Shoes 10 1/2 


Pants 10-12

Shirts large

Shoes 8 or 81/2

Kara (7 years old)

Pants and shirt size 7

Shoes size 2

Kirstyn (5 years old)

Pants and shirt size 5

Shoes size 11 ½

There are donations being taken at the National Guard Armory in Paragould.  For any questions you can call the family at 870-810-3225.