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Mar 3, 2013 11:36 PM by Alex Labat

Man Loses Son and Home in Early Morning Fire

James Harris still can't believe his home of 35 years is in ruins.

What's worse...the house serves as a painful reminder of what else was lost in the fire, Harris's 28-year-old son, Shawn Woods.

Harris was emotional when remembering his son, saying, "He was the best person you'd want to meet. And he's gone now. My son is gone."

The fire scorched everything in it's path, and there were no fire alarms to alert anyone in the home of any danger.

Harris hopes his home sends a serious message to those who don't take fire safety seriously.

"Make sure you have fire extinguishers in the house, make sure you have fire alarms in the house, and watch what you do at night before you go to bed. Don't light any cigarettes, don't light a stove or anything", said Harris.

Both Harris and those who knew Shawn Woods say he did have some mental issues, but that didn't stop him from being a good person.

Joseph Goodie, a friend of Shawn Woods, says he had to, "Just give him a chance, that's all I had to do. I'm just happy I got to know him before he went away."

And with the death of his son and losing his home of 35 years, Harris is forced to pick up and move to Houston, to leave the tragic events that took his son's life behind him.

"Right now, I've got no reason to be here now. He's gone. I was living for him", says Harris.

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