(WMC-TV) - It's been a little more than a year since a house fire in Atoka killed five people and burned two more.
Jimmy Akins, the father and grandfather of three of those victims, said in a recent interview that life will never be the same.
"I'm still lost because that was my best friend," he said.
Akins won't forget the day, one year ago, when his life was turned upside down.
"I asked if everything was OK and he said, 'No, you lost everyone of them.' My whole world shut down," he said.
Akins' 27-year-old son Christopher was one of the ones who died in the Atoka house fire last year. Two of Akins grandchildren, one-year-old Jaylen and two-year-old Rylan, their mother Desiree and grandmother Sharon Hasara, were also killed when flames engulfed the home.
"He was everything," Akin said of his son. "Fun loving, loved his family, worked hard. He had the same job since he got out of school, never looked back."
Investigators say a hot grill left on a wooden deck may have caused the deadly fire, but Akins says he's heard other stories.
"I'd like to know, somebody tell me what started the fire and what time they were pronounced dead," he said.
Akins wonders if he'll ever know the truth about what caused the fire that changed his life forever.