SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - The Camp Fire forced tens of thousands of families in Paradise to choose: either rebuild there or rebuild elsewhere.
Jean and Frank Green picked the latter and moved to Lockwood. The more than 80-year-old couple have only been in the house for less than 10 months. But one thing is clear.
"We love this house,” said Jean. “We love this house."
It's a house that represents joy, love and family. It’s similar to their house in Paradise, where they lived for 20 years, before it was gone and the chimney was the only thing left standing.
"We started to pack some clothes and the lights went out,” said Frank. “The smoke was so thick, you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.”
With the fire ravaging through Paradise and people desperately trying to get out, while some couldn’t. Frank and Jean know they were the lucky ones.
"It took us three hours to go to Chico," said Jean. When asked how long it took on a regular day, jean said no more than 20 minutes.
Thinking they had to start from scratch, the Greens would make the move to northern Nevada to be closer to family. But after buying their house, Coldwell Banker Toni Taylor and the community surprised them by furnishing the entire house.
"They lost everything and they are in their 80's,” said Taylor. “It wouldn't have mattered, if they were in their 20's, it was something we wanted to do as a community to help them.
The gesture and being welcomed with open arms isn't something Jean takes for granted.
"This is a community of very kind people,” said Jean.
The Greens sold their lot in Paradise. They say they don’t have any plans of going back due to their age and they don’t want to relive a similar event.
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