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      Flea Market preacher loses everything in house fire

      James Alexander didn't have time to grab anything, not even a pair of shoes when a fire broke out in his Alamo home.

      Left shoeless and in the cold, the Red Cross stepped in Friday morning to offer some immediate assistance.

      "I never thought I'd be in this shape," he said.

      The fire broke out at his home on Center Street in Alamo just before 6 a.m. Friday morning.

      Right now fire officials are still investigating the cause, but Alexander said he noticed the flames as he headed to the restroom.

      "I looked and fire was coming out and I come out crying fire! fire! Call the fire dept," he said.

      Alamo firefighters put out the flames, but his home was completely destroyed.

      Devastated by the loss, he had one request.

      Fire officials allowed his neighbor, Cesar Nieto inside to search for his life savings that miraculously didn't burn.

      "It's about $300," Alexander said.

      Its money he's earned through donations at his non-traditional job.

      "A lot of people know him because he is like a pastor at the flea market in Alamo," Nieto explained.

      Once a heroin addict, now he is a full-time preacher at the Alamo flea market.

      Alexander said even though he has very little funds to rebuild his life he believes God will provide.

      "I don't worry about it, I just preach and let God do the rest," he said.

      Red Cross gave Alexander some financial assistance so he could get a hotel room and some food.