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Wildfire Toll - An Attack on Health and Faith

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There's a quiet amongst the ashes and a heaviness in the air. The fire took more than homes, it took peace of mind. Scattering dozens of families to go where?

"This is actually a break in the phones that we've had all day," said employee Laura Collins.

The sign at the Lakeshore motel has a rising sun, but cheerfulness right now, is a little hard to come by.

"Me personally, my heart is breaking," said Laura.

How many of the 30 rooms are currently occupied by fire victims?

"All of them," she said.

Knock on any door, and the stories come pouring out. The barren landscapes have caused flashbacks to the devastation of WWII for 72 year-old Tami Teeters.

"I buried  this 40, 50 years ago, but this all came back and I just, my adrenaline was hitting so fast it make me sick here, you know, and I still gotta go to the hospital cause I think I had a heart attack," she said.

Despite the trauma, she still sees God in all the chaos.

"I think God tried to tell us to clean up house, and maybe do a little simpler living and appreciate mankind a little bit more," she said.

But just next door, that faith has been terribly shaken.

"I'm giving up on God," said Sandra Jordan.

This is the second fire that Sandra and her family have gone through, and it is simply too much.

"I feel like I am just by myself, and I just honestly don't know how to get past that part, cause I'm a family loving woman, I love babies, I love everything, and now I don't see that," she said.

Two of thirty stories at the Lakeshore motel. Where the front desk also doubles as a shoulder to cry on.

"I cry every day even though I haven't lost anything," said Laura.

 

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