Family looks to what's next after fire destroys home
GOLD HILL, Ore. —
The Campfield clan is at Hawthorne park, taking their minds off of a fire that destroyed their home Sunday afternoon..
"A 13-year old and 4 children were home," says father Brandon Campfield. "We were working on the road, about a mile away, ee have a mile long driveway to our property line."
Campfield says he and his wife were on their way back to the house for lunch when, "the kids were racing out of the property all of them shoved in one quad and they were screaming fire," says Campfield.
He counted to make sure all 5 of his children were okay.
"It's a feeling I never felt before," said Campfield.
The family had to watch as their home burn.
"Everything we owned was on fire and gone," said Campfield. "Our last thought was to save the animals anything we could."
They were able to save a pony, bunny, dog and 2 out 11 cats.
Although the family is okay, along with some of the pets, losing the memories was the hardest.
"The ultrasound pictures, the memories, the keepsake boxes that we have saved for them, things that can't be replaced," said Campfield.
He says the community is coming together to help with what can be replaced.
"The community has responded in an overwhelming positive way, they are so many people who are wanting to help," said Campfield.
He says he's very thankful for the people who have given to them. It's giving the family one less thing to worry about.
"Trying to just take it as it comes. Try not to look to far forward because it gets overwhelming quick," said Campfield. "Just gotta look at today and then look at tomorrow and see what tomorrow brings."
There is a GoFund Me account set up for the family. Click here to help out. Campfield says they have a lot of clothes and now need things like dressers to put everything in.
Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the fire.
Melissa Cano with the department says they worked to keep the fire from spreading.
She says when you live in a rural area like the Campfield's, it's important to be proactive and get rid of any type of brush or trees that could ignite in a fire.
That's what Campfield says he did to his 160 acre property, which kept the fire confined to the house.