Woman: "I Beat Cancer and Some Punks Have to Go and Light Our Stuff on Fire"

FERNLEY, NV - It would be a devastating loss for anyone, but it seems especially cruel Kathy Douglas would lose the roof over her head.

"I beat cancer and some punks have to go and light our stuff on fire," she said as she stood outside her boarded up home.

Her house has a red-tag on it, meaning no one can live in it. There are piles of charred debris outside. Most of the debris can not be recognized, but Douglas said it looks like firefighters threw things out of her dining room.

Sunday, a brush fire spread to Douglas' G Street house, and another house nearby. Neighbors said no one lived in the other home -- both houses were destroyed.

"August they found cancer and I had a mastectomy I've been through so much this year," she said.

Despite such loss, Douglas said she is grateful no one was hurt. The mother of two said her husband was napping at the time of the fire.

Rich Clifton, Douglas' husband, said he tried to fight the fire with a garden hose until he saw fire trucks.

Investigators said witnesses saw youths setting a fire near a canal behind the homes. The suspects are still being sought. Anyone with information is urged to contact Lyon County authorities.

"I want them to get caught, they ruined our home and it's going to be real hard to replace a lot of stuff," Douglas said.

The American Red Cross and friends are now helping the family. Some friends will be washing vehicles Saturday to raise money to help the family. The event is at 7-11 that afternoon.


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