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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The family who lost nearly everything in Tuesday's Waterloo home arson-suicide is speaking out for the first time.

The discovery of John Derifield's body only added to the grief and realization that Jody Goldsberry's home was set on fire.

Her father, Roger Goldsberry, says her phone call to him made his heart race.

"I was sitting in the doctor's office with the blood pressure thing around my arm," Roger Goldsberry said. "When the phone rang and I looked, and it was my daughter saying, 'My house is on fire.' Well, I hope they didn't look at my blood pressure, because it probably went very high."

He says he never expected this to happen.

"But mentally -- mental depression, mental problems -- we don't know, and I just feel so bad for his family," Goldsberry said. "And no one knows, no one knew."

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