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New Albany girl who lost three siblings in fire may now lose new home

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A 5-year-old New Albany girl lost her three siblings in a fire. Now Taty'ana Hughes and her family are in danger of losing their new home.

Taty'ana's grandmother, Marie Clark, says their landlord is threatening them with eviction in a dispute over his desire to sell the home.

Taty'ana Hughes sat peacefully in her grandmother's lap, as Marie Clark told of this latest crisis in their lives.

"I wouldn't wish this on anybody. Anybody," said Clark.

Clark says she paid 6 months rent upfront, $4,900, when she leased this home in March.

She had used money donated after Taty'ana was burned and her three siblings killed in an arson fire in January.

"He never once told me that he was thinking about selling, going to sell, any of that," said Clark.

That's why Clark says she was shocked in May to find a "For Auction" sign in her yard.

"He said, 'Oh, I'm selling all my properties because I'm going to buy a complex.' I said, this property. He said yes. I said I paid you six months rent in advance, You didn't tell me you were selling," Clark recounted.

But Clark says things got ugly when she refused to allow potential buyers to inspect the home, because, she says, this is the only place Taty'ana does not have to wear this uncomfortable burn garment.

"They are not coming in here looking at her. I'm not going to make her put her garment back on. It takes 20 minutes to get this thing on, and that's not right," said Clark.

Clark says she did relent and allow one inspection. But Clark says the dispute led to a shouting match here in the front yard, in which she says her landlord threatened to evict her.

"If he does, he either has to give me my money back that's still owed - I'm paid up until September - or I'm going to live it out until September, and in the meantime start looking for somewhere else."

It's the latest in a long roller coaster ride from the January fire to the parade that welcomed Taty'ana home from the hospital.

"It makes you feel good to know that there are some really good, loving, caring people out there. But then there's a whole bunch of cruel ones out there," said Clark.

WDRB reached out to the property owner, but he did not respond to requests for his side of the story.

Taty'ana is in Indianapolis for laser treatments on her burns.

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