Family rebuilding together after man loses everything in Goshen fire

A family is struggling to rebuild after losing everything in a fire at the Oaks Mobile Home Park in Goshen on Thursday.

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 4:15 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2019 6:31 PM

GOSHEN, Ore. -- A family is struggling to rebuild after losing everything in a fire at the Oaks Mobile Home Park in Goshen on Thursday. 

Lou Ferguson lived in one of the three homes that were completely destroyed.

"I don't think it's really hit us yet, honestly," said his daughter, Alexys Ferguson, who lost her childhood home.

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She said she was with her father only twenty minutes before flames erupted out of one home and jumped to a second and a third.

"I've got COPD really bad, and I feel like a big elephant is sitting on my chest right now," Lou said.

Alexys said slowly, memories she'd thought were lost are coming back.

"I have so many memories running this little loop with my friends right now," Alexys said. "Wrecking my bike, playing kick the can where we're standing right now, you know, all sorts of things."

She said her father is staying with her and her husband.

"Unfortunately there's not much we can do to rebuild here, but we will be rebuilding as a family," she said.

But Lou said the people in this community have really come together in this devastating time.

"It's the people," he said. "We've got good people here, and we've got bad people, but for the most part we get along. It's community."

The Ferguson family said if one thing could come from this, it should be awareness. They said there's not one fire hydrant in the community, and they believe if there were one, it could have helped.

They also want to thank their church, which they said has been generous to their father who lost everything.

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