Camp Fire family loses second home to falling trees in Shasta County snow storm


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    From fire to ice, just three months after the Camp Fire claimed their home in Paradise, the King family has survived their second near death experience in a row.

    After several trees fell onto their RV in Lakehead, while they slept inside.

    Now, they say they are traumatized, living in a Redding hotel with no where to turn for help.

    Robin King says it all started in November when the Camp Fire tore through Paradise, giving them just minutes to escape with their lives.

    "The flames came up and over our car and I could hear my baby scream that they were going to die," said Camp Fire survivor Robin King.

    King, her husband Jason and two daughters Jaylah (12) and Kayleejoy (9) narrowly escaped the flames by doing anything they had to in order to survive.

    "My husband is amazing. We drove down bike paths. We went down side walks. We went down the wrong side of the road. We did everything and he saved us," King said.

    Almost running out of gas along the way before finally getting to safety.

    "when we exited out of those dark clouds, we saw Chico. Everybody was cheering and celebrating. You could actually hear people in other cars cheering," King said.

    Unfortunately, the joy of surviving was short lived. After losing their home to the fire, the King family found a small RV Park in Lakehead to call home as they started over.

    However, after only 30 days in their new RV the unthinkable happened. A snow storm caused several trees to collapse and fall onto the family's RV as they slept inside.

    "Jaylah saw the tree start coming in on her sister. She ran and screamed the most horrible scream that you could ever hear. That I had to hear twice in my life and ughh and then she saw the tree come in and block her from getting to us," King said.

    Robin says once again it was up to her husband to save their lives.

    "My husband punched through the door and we were able to get to them," King said.

    Now she says the whole family is traumatized.

    "Neither girls have slept since the tree. Both of them are just terrified. We definitely have some PTSD symptoms. Like the pan that fell in the lunch room and we all dove under the table," King said.

    She say's what they really need is a safe place to call home and some therapy.

    "all of our dreams shattered of living in a tiny home. Now we're just looking for somewhere so I can get normal for my children," King said.

    The family is about to start therapy for each member of the house but wants to be a reminder of the importance of offering mental a physical support for survivors after natural disasters.

    There is a "Shop, Sip and Support -Fire Relief Fundraiser" set up for tomorrow from 4 to 8 at Mosley Family Cellars in Redding.

    Part of the fundraiser proceeds will go to help the King family recover.

    Find out more about the mental health resources offered by Cal Hope Shasta County here.



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