Woman from Blue River still lives at hotel one year after holiday farm fire


BLUE RIVER, Ore. – It’s been almost a year since the vacation farm fire swept through Blue River, but there are still people living in hotels in our area.

Tina Oyervides is a resident of Blue River. She lived in the same house for 27 years. This house is now gone.

“I lost everything. My house, all my, everything. I mean things that shouldn’t have burned down,” Oyervides said.

Oyervides told KEZI 9 News that she didn’t think her house would be completely gone.

“I really didn’t think I would. I really thought I would go home. But it was all gone, everything,” she said.

The year following the loss of her house, Oyervides, her mother and her grandchildren toured the hotels. She has lived in five different hotels over the past year. Now she lives at the Guest House Inn in Springfield.

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But losing his home isn’t the only thing Oyervides has been through this year. To make matters worse, Oyervides caught COVID-19 shortly after moving into his first hotel. But then the real shock struck.

“COVID actually saved my life because I found out I had cancer. Because COVID attacks all the prerequisites you have, and I didn’t know I had one,” said Oyervides.

Oyervides found out that she had cancer of the uterus, forcing a complete hysterectomy on December 28, 2020. And after that, the doctors found an adrenal cyst.

She had the cyst removed and she is healthy again. Oyervides said she needs to keep her head up for her grandchildren and for herself.

“The best thing I can do is keep going. It’s just what it is. It’s just one more thing that God has put in my way to handle, that’s all,” Oyervides said.

And even though her life has been bleak for the past 12 months, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel.

Oyervides said his new home would be ready in the spring.


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