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Paradise Lost: Couple finds shelter in Eugene after escaping Camp Fire

One couple from Paradise, Calif. evacuated from their home and are now staying at their friends' ranch in Eugene.

Posted: Nov 16, 2018 6:49 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 7:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Thousands of people have evacuated the deadly fire that continues to scorch Paradise, Calif., including one couple who is now in Eugene.

Ann Blythe and Rocky Holland still don't know if their RV home survived the fire that destroyed their town.

Blythe said she put everything she could in their car, including food, clothes and their pets, as she evacuated.

"I've never had to do anything like that,” Blythe said. “Never been in that situation before. The panic, the displacement, the sadness and the people walking along lost. That's how I feel is lost. Paradise is lost. People’s homes and dreams are lost."

Blythe and Holland had to stay in evacuation sites this past week like the thousands of others impacted by the fire. But unlike many, they now have a new place they can call home.

"This is a healing ranch, this is a healing piece of property,” Blythe said. “I've been here before, but this is special."

The special place is Laurie and Tony St. Jacque's home in Eugene.

Laurie is an old friend of Blythe's and reached out to her on social media after she heard about their situation.

"They had no place to go and so it was the least I could do, I said get up here, it's just paradise here,” she said. “I thought it would be really good for them to heal."

Blythe and Holland said they plan on heading back to Paradise over the weekend for a mandatory community meeting at their RV Park to evaluate the damage.

But before they leave, they said they can't thank the St. Jacques enough during this tough time.

"I just want to thank them with all my heart," Blythe said. "They're wonderful people and they would give their shirt off their back to their friends and their family."

If you would like to help Blythe and Holland get back on their feet you can donate to their GoFundMe page

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