He is a quadriplegic, and is receiving unexpected help after pouring out his feelings in an online post.
The fire was more devastating than Jim Mowrey, who has triplet teenagers, could have imagined, but he says his plea for help wasn't for him -- he says it is something any parent would have done to try to protect and provide for their kids.
As the fire raced through his northwest Tarrant County home early Monday, he could only watch from his wheelchair, powerless to stop it.
The fire destroyed Mowrey's family's Christmas gifts and school supplies, and took one of his daughter's pet turtle, Tina.
As overwhelmed as Mowrey's daughters felt having to start over, imagine their reaction to what happened after their father started telling their story on a GoFundMe page.
"I just started typing," said Mowrey. "I typed what came to my mind, and it was all about the girls. Don't care about anything for myself, and that was really my only goal."
It was almost immediate -- 40 donations and more than $3,300 have come in.
"It's just amazing, everybody who's helped…it's just been so, it's great," said one of Mowrey's daughters, Ashley. "I'm so thankful for everybody."
And it kept coming, from Azle School District, several Azle civic organizations and others.
"Wow, like I don't know how we could pay back anyone," said Ashley's sister, Hannah. "All their support has been so touching and it's amazing."
"Neighbors came out and gave blankets and gave us tea, and it's just continued from there. People that I haven't talked to since high school and Facebooking and making donations, and it really reminds you just how wonderful people are," said Mowery.
Mowrey says he has insurance -- he just didn't want to see his daughters hurting.
"Any parent, that's your first thought, always -- you know, my kids," said Mowrey.