LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A single mother in Lakewood is struggling to get back on her feet after a random crime left her without a place to call home.
Tanya Ovalle tells FOX31 she’ll never forget the moment she walked inside her home only to see it ransacked and charred. A man had broken through the wall with a sledgehammer and started a fire in her bathroom.
Police later took him into custody.
"When I walked in the bathroom, that was the scary part, it was all black -- everything was just gone," Ovalle said.
While Ovalle has a temporary place to stay, she fears finding a new place to live will be a challenge.
"It is expensive here in Colorado, especially as a single mom. That’s really hard," she said.
Although it’s difficult to raise a child and work full-time, Ovalle says she is determined to recover by finding strength each day.
"Just keep faith, keep God close, just keep pushing. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel," she said.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help Ovalle.