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FireWatch: Local family rebuilding Mountain View Estates

Carver has called the Mountain View Estates home for the last 14 years and she can’t wait to return home.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 6:15 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 6:15 PM

TALENT, Ore. -- It’s been more than one year since the Almeda fire tore through the cities of Phoenix, Talent, and Ashland, leaving devastation in its path.

“It looked like a war zone ... its beyond words you can’t describe it,” remembered Doye Hudson, owner of the Mountain View Estates in Talent.

The senior living community in Talent has been in Hudson’s family for decades. He said his father bought it in 1986. The Almeda Fire leveled it in the space of a day.

“People call this home, and that’s what I hear the most from them is like, 'we want to get home, Mountain View is our home,'” Hudson said.

You can say it’s a family affair for Hudson as he tries to rebuild part of his community.

“This is a family-owned park, so we have five boys, they are usually here on the weekends — trying to get it rebuilt for the people who live here,” Hudson added.

For residents like Donna Carver, she will tell you that home is where the heart is.

"It means a new beginning but ... yet it’s sad because all my things that I’ve had for the last 60 years were in that home — so it’s kind of like being born again and starting over,” Carver said.

Carver has called the Mountain View Estates home for the last 14 years and she can’t wait to return. Like Hudson, Carver says that her family is what's gotten her through the intervening days.

“A year before the fire I lost my husband ... so I have a wonderful family, three kids, and without them I never would have made it,” Carver said.

Hudson expects that some of the Mountain View residents should be able to return within the month.

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