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Blue River family loses everything in fire

A little more than a week ago, Shana Jewel lived in Blue River about 5 miles east of Vida in a beautiful riverfront home that is now gone.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 6:01 PM

BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- A little more than a week ago, Shana Jewel lived in Blue River about 5 miles east of Vida in a beautiful riverfront home. That home is now gone.

"It's a family -- if you've got something that you know somebody up there can use and this is just in general not just in a crisis just in general," she said of her town.

Jewel said she has nothing but fond memories of a community which has burned to the ground.

"It's gone -- it's flat -- nothing left but the rock," she said.

Now staying at the La Quinta Inn in Eugene, Jewel said she's shaken, but her humanity remains firm no matter the storm.

"The humanity inside me will never go away -- it will never die," she said. "You can take my home -- it's never going away. I've had it all my life."

She said the first alert she and her husband got was Level 3 Go, barely enough time to get her cat and get out of there.

"We had a heck of a time getting out of our driveway because there were (tree) limbs. I think (my home) went that night, I really do because it was that close," Jewel said.

Hers just one of more than 500 buildings to have been destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire that has ravaged the McKenzie River Valley. She found out officially the house was gone just yesterday, and she's not even allowed to go see what's left.

Jewel said in time she will heal.

"But to rebuild my home? I don't know," she added.

For now she said her friends, her family and her cat are the ones getting her through.

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