As Eva Childers was celebrating her 73rd birthday in a neighboring town, her house was burning down. It’s not the first time things have gone awry on her big day.
Instead of Sept. 30 being a day for celebration, it has often marked tragedy for the Cherokee County, Ga., woman.
“It’s a lot of memories here, 56 years,” Childers sadly told ABC News’ Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV as she sat outside the remains of her burnt home.
Childers was celebrating her birthday with loved ones on Sunday when she got a phone call from a neighbor who said her house was burning.
Firefighters fought the blaze, but the house could not be saved. Childers said she built the house 56 years ago with her late husband, who she buried two years ago on her 71st birthday.
She took comfort in the fact that she, her son and granddaughter who live in the house were out when the fire started.
“I just don’t want anybody hurt,” she said. “It’s hard to give up family.”
In addition to burying her husband, her grandson killed another one of her grandsons on her birthday as well in 2010.
Pickens County deputies said Wilburn “Doby” Childers confessed to the slaying of his brother, Charles Wayne Childers, according to WSB-TV.
Childers’ current record has her scared for another birthday.
“I don’t want to have any more,” she joked. “Maybe they’ll finish me off next time.”