Camp Fire victim shares her reasons for rebuilding in Paradise

Progress is still continuing for Camp Fire survivors rebuilding in Paradise. Just last week, Mayor Jody Jones said at least 3,000 properties are cleared and 22 building permits were issued.

Posted: May 28, 2019 11:16 PM
Updated: May 29, 2019 8:45 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - Progress is progressing for Camp Fire survivors rebuilding in Paradise.

Just last week, Mayor Jody Jones said at least 3,000 properties are cleared and 22 building permits were issued.

Mare Reasons, a Camp Fire survivor, got a new delivery of furniture Tuesday afternoon, and her house doesn't even exist yet. 

"My new furniture for my new house! Can you believe this?" What does this tell you? I mean, I am so excited, I am buying furniture for my new house!" Reasons said.  

The Camp Fire destroyed her Paradise house of twenty years.

She just got her rebuilding permit last week, a decision she never doubted would happen. 

Reasons toured her old neighborhood with an Action News Now reporter to see what was left. 

She says it's hard to know where her neighbors are, and if they're coming back. 

She also has been active online, sharing her rebuild journey, hoping others will call paradise home again too.

"I've been telling my experience, what things cost. What permits cost, I've been answering questions," Reasons said. 

And she says despite challenges like not having potable water yet, she's determined.

Because in the end, she believes this process isn't starting over. This is coming home.

"This is my home. I love paradise with all my heart. I will do anything I can to make this town better and stronger," Reasons said. 

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