Hundreds seek temporary shelter at Thurston High School

Nearly 300 people have taken temporary shelter at Thurston High School.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 11:49 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2020 8:40 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Hundreds have sought temporary shelter at Thurston High School.

KEZI 9 News spoke to community members who have been at the shelter all night and many are wondering what's next.

“It’s all gone. Everything’s gone. All of us lost our homes. Blue River, McKenzie, Highway 126 is just gone,” said Delilah Turner from Blue River.

Staff arrived at Thurston at about 10:30 p.m. last night, and people immediately began arriving.

Many said they woke up to fire officials banging on their doors and said they were driven away in fire engines.

"We had no idea that the fire was going on like 8 to 10 o'clock, and all of a sudden we got a code three," said Nimrod resident Annie Margarita. "Got yelled at over the speakers and on the emergency broadcast so we ran out with nothing. We think it’s all gone.”

Margarita said that she's grateful to have made it out safely.

“We have our lives, and we have our dogs. We've got a lot of friends who say they'll help us. We have to be optimistic. Hopefully the trees jumped our place, but we have no way to tell.”

Community members were told to check in when they get to the high school. They were then matched with hotel rooms.

Red Cross workers said there is plenty of water, and they most likely do not need more today. Donations such as toothpaste, deodorant and socks are needed. Volunteers are also sought, the group said. They are working on getting everyone sheltered and housed.

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