Springfield residents affected by fire seek help

Nathan Hopkins and Seth Fallenstein have set up GoFundMe pages to help them recover after the houses they were renting burned down.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 1:35 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2018 6:35 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The residents impacted by Wednesday morning’s fire on Oakdale Avenue in Springfield are asking the public for help.

Nathan Hopkins and Seth Fallenstein have set up GoFundMe pages to help them recover after the houses they were renting burned down. Hopkins and Fallenstein said they don’t have insurance.

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Hopkins, an Iraq war veteran, said he and a roommate lived right next to where the fire broke out. The home was destroyed, and Hopkins said nothing was salvageable.

Hopkins said he is staying at a friend’s house and plans to find a new place.

"Everyone has been super supportive and super helpful, so I feel -- really loved is honestly how I feel," Hopkins said. "As much as I don't have all my things, I have all my people."

To donate to Hopkins’ GoFundMe, click here.

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Fallenstein said he lived with a roommate who owned the house next door to Hopkins. That home was badly damaged and is unlivable.

Fallenstein said he salvaged some items Friday, but most of his things were destroyed. He said he’s sleeping in a hotel right now but plans to move into an apartment.

"I got my health, a place to stay, a job and food, so I got to start from zero, but I'll make it through from here," Fallenstien said.

To donate to Fallenstein’s GoFundMe, click here.

KEZI 9 News also spoke to another neighbor who lost their home in the fire. While we have not heard about any GoFundMe campaign for them, they tell us their church congregation is helping them. 

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