Disaster strikes officer's Lancaster home twice in a year



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Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:44 PM

LANCASTER - A week ago, Cpl. Thomas Chaney was on patrol chasing a tornado. The Glenn Heights officer ended up near his home in neighboring Lancaster.

"Me and several other people went door-to-door to see if people were pinned in," Chaney said. "While it was going on, I went by at least three times, before I realized it wasn’t there no more."

After he helped save others, he came home to find his house gone.

"I was shocked to see it was all gone, off its foundation," Chaney said.

Nothing was left standing, and it’s not the first time the home has been wiped out.
In July, when it was 108 degrees, his home burned to the ground. Cpl. Chaney showed us pictures he took on his iPhone. His home couldn’t be saved.

"They said I had to knock it down and start over again," Chaney said.

He worked off-duty jobs to pay for the rebuilding. The home was 85-percent complete when the tornado wiped it out a second time.
"Do you think there’s a message here to you?" we asked him.

"Keep on going," Chaney said.

Remarkably, Chaney says he wants to rebuild again.

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