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Burned Home Last in Series of Troubles

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RAEFORD — Leroy and Katherine Morrison seem to besuffering one tragedy after another. Several weeks ago, Mrs. Morrison suffered a stroke which left her partially paralyzed. She returned hometo continue recovery Wednesday night, but that's when her home burned tothe ground.

While losing a home can be one of life's most tragic experiences, LeroyMorrison has been able to find peace in the rubble. He says he dideverything he could to get his wife and sister-in-law out of the burninghouse.

When he first discovered the fire, he attempted to douse it with agarden hose. Realizing it was too late for that, he rushed back in to savehis partially paralyzed wife and her sister. Both suffered burns.

Hoke County Fire Marshal Mitchell Byrd says they were lucky to havegottenout at all with no smoke detector in the mobile home.

The home is a total loss and the Morrisons had no insurance, butfamily and friends showed up to offer support. Morrison's nephew NathanielWatkins says it looks like it will be a long time before they recover.

Leroy Morrison says things aren't as bad as they could be. He says he'shappy he still has a wife and sister-in-law to share the stories with.

Katherine Morrison and her sister, Lee Baxter, are still being treatedatMoore Regional Hosiptal for first- and second-degree burns. The AmericanRed Cross is trying to find the family a temporary place to stay and somenew clothes.

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