Family is homeless because of suspected arson


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1365638158&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4013104&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1365638158 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – For 10-year-old Shatia Christian, her house was a special place.

“People ask if we can still live in there, and my mom said ‘no,’” she says. “I wish nobody set the houses on fire.”

Now, she and her six brothers and sisters are homeless.

“And we cannot go to school because smoke spilled on our school clothes,” Shatia says.

Shatia’s mom, Natasha Christian, has worked her whole life to make ends meet for her children. Now, she has nothing and is too upset to say those words on camera.

Shatia’s older sister, Shatoria, was inside the house when the fire started.

“We got a call from the neighbor saying the house next door was on fire, so I got my mom out of the house and I left the house,” Shatoria says, “Then about ten minutes later the house next door started spreading and spread into our house.”

Investigators say arsonists are to blame.  Birmingham police are still patrolling the block where the fires started. No one has been arrested for starting the fires, but police say they have been questioning two individuals in connection to the case.

Meanwhile, neighbors are nervous.

“He could come back tonight and throw some fire on my house,” Barbara Anchrum says. “Just because I’m living over here doesn’t mean that I’m exempt, and if there’s an arsonist out there, if he sees something he wants to set on fire, it doesn’t matter who lives there.”

One thing is for sure – the Christian family will not be living here anymore. The question now is if not here, then where?

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