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09/08/04

First Fire, Then Frances, Wreck Family's Homes

A falling tree smashed in the bedroom ceiling. A falling tree smashed in the bedroom ceiling.

Recently, a single mother lost her home and everything in it to fire that struck in the middle of the night. And now, three months to the day, disaster strikes again, this time from the weather. Christina Plough and her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter and Shyann moved into Colony Oaks three days after losing everything in a house fire, and now she says she's exactly where she was a few months ago, with nowhere to go.

"Why does this keep happening to me?" she said. "Maybe I'm not doing something right, I don't know."

On June 6 at 4am, her house burned to the ground on Savannah's east side, leaving her with nothing. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Then, exactly three months to the day, on September 6 at 4am, a tree fell on her brand new mobile home  courtesy of Tropical Storm Frances.

"I thought it was a nightmare," Christina said. "Then I realized it wasn't. It was happening again."

Once again, in the middle of the night Christina and Shyann's world came crashing down. "I feel right now that I want to give up, I'm not going to lie," Christina said.

Christina is a single mother, a full-time college student, with a full-time job. But her number one priority is her little girl. Shyann is now seeing a counselor after suffering from nightmares. "She's been through a lot with me, her whole life she's been through a lot," Christina said.

First fire, now a giant tree. Christina can't help but wonder what's next. "I don't believe in curses, but if there is bad luck, I have it."

Christina is staying with friends right now and says it's come to the point where she is thinking of leaving Savannah.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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