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Riverside woman gets greatest blessing after fire

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Kooetia Mears was trapped in between 4 fires on Riverside Cutoff Road in between Riverside and Conconelly. Kooetia Mears was trapped in between 4 fires on Riverside Cutoff Road in between Riverside and Conconelly.
RIVERSIDE, Wash. -

Kooetia Mears was trapped in between four fires on Riverside Cutoff Road in between Riverside and Conconelly.  

"It just circled us," she said.

She evacuated when smoke billowed over the hillside in her backyard and went all the way up to her property.

But for three days, while staying in Omak, she didn't know the fate of her house.

"You just keep saying, you're alive, your family's ok, your home is just something that can be replaced, but...I'm too old to start over again, that's what was so hard, the idea of starting over at my age," she explained.

Now that she's finally allowed home, Kooetia knows she doesn't have to start over.

"It's just a miracle is all I can say."

She can keep going, her memories, perfectly protected.

"I just couldn't believe I was that lucky, because you can't take everything, and I got everything."

When asked what she wanted to say to the firefighters who saved her house, she said, "they're all fantastic, thank you."

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