VILANO BEACH, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Fire and Rescue Department says four people in Vilano Beach are without a home.
Fire officials say when they responded to the scene around 3 a.m., flames could be seen coming from the home. That house fire was reported at 2855 Coastal Highway. Inside was a business called Old Ye Gallery, but around Vilano Beach, people know it as the "driftwood house."
Ross takes old and unique pieces of driftwood and turns them into something beautiful. He's been doing so for years but sadly, a good amount of inventory was lost.
"I painted a lot of painting on church windows, shrimp doors, old barns," he said.
When we found Ross, he was picking up what's left. He says the charred piles of rubble are a reminder he's now homeless.
Friends have been dropping by all day to offer a word of encouragement. Take Happy Houghton. He says the least he can do is be there for the man with a selfless heart.
"He does stuff for all kinds of people, you know," he said.
Ross says he's grateful everyone made it out alive, including his dog and cat. He can never get the artwork back, but he can journey forward.
"I'm going on. I'm not stopping," he said.
The American Red Cross is helping out the displaced tenants. The cause of this fire is under investigation.