MADISON, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man in Madison said he came home after working out of state to find his house stripped and his roof collapsing.
There is only so much Will Davis can do on his own and a few things he would much rather leave for the experts. The house is a shell of what it used to be and the roof he was raised under is coming apart.
“I tried to clean as much as I could, but they took everything,” Davis said.
This is a house that for generations has been where you go in Madison when you need a place to stay. Davis inherited the property from his grandmother and when he did, the same rules applied. He had people look over the home and took a job as a caretaker in North Carolina. At some point, Davis says these same people left the house and thieves began ransacking the property.
“They kicked in the door locks and they just kept taking and taking,” Davis said.
If it wasn’t bolted down, it was long gone. All the appliances and furniture are missing. Clothes and empty food containers litter the floors. His son’s bedrooms are no longer livable and that begged the question, where was Davis staying?
Davis has exhausted all his options and now sleeps in his car. COVID-19 hasn’t made it any easier. Davis can’t stay with just anyone, fearing that he may infect them or the other way around.
The kids are staying with their mother for the time being and Davis says he knows she’s doing her best. With three boys, however, it’s not an easy ask. Davis certainly understands times are tough everywhere, but he believes there are people out there willing to help return the house to the home it once was.
“You’ve got to be stable on some sort of level to move forward. That’s all I’m trying to do. Get myself stable, get my kids stable, and then move forward,” Davis said.
If you have carpentry skills or know-how to insulate a home, Davis could use the extra hands. You can also donate to his GoFundMe account by clicking here.