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First Thanksgiving back in Paradise

The Sinclaire's were the first family to move back to their rebuilt home on the ridge, Action News Now was there while they prepped for their first Thanksgiving home.

Posted: Nov 28, 2019 6:31 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Sinclaire's were the first family to move back to their rebuilt home on the ridge, Action News Now was there while they prepped for their first Thanksgiving home.

Victoria Sinclaire and her family lost their home in the Camp Fire, she says she is just happy to be home for the holiday. 

"It is pretty extrodinary, it is extrodinary to be able to celebrate here, because we really didn't know what was going to become of it. Coming back here to be able to celebrate here which is what we normally do anyways is huge, it is a huge piece in healing and just another victory for us," said Sinclaire. 

Victoria's mom, Shelley DeLong, also lost her home in the fire. 

"We've got pre-fire life and post-fire life, pre-fire life is wonderful you know, it gave me her. It gave me my mom, my brother, my family. Post-fire life is incredible it is a new life a new beginning," said DeLong.

Angie Ellison, Victoria's Mother-in-law lives in Sacramento, and that is where the Sinclaire's went when they evacuated. 

Ellison says it's special to be back in Paradise for Thanksgiving.

"It is pretty exciting, the house is beautiful, the town is a little sad, but it is nice to see them settled again," said Ellison.

Victoria explained she was so excited to host Thanksgiving she forgot she didn't have certain items anymore, like table cloths and platters. 

"I went to the Goodwill and found some really beautiful pieces and was like well this will work," said Sinclaire. 

She says no matter what she is just happy to have all her family with her in her new home. 

"You can't really make the list and summarize who all you are thankful for, or what all you are thankful for because it is just too long especially this last year. So we are just thankful and happy to be home, and I am happy to celebrate with all my family. This is just awesome," said Sinclaire. 

Victoria says she wants to give hope to others who are discouraged to come back to the Ridge, saying she couldn't be happier even when the process was hard.

Sinclaire and her mom added they are thankful for Integrity Builders for getting their homes up so timely. 

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