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John used to live in the Journey's End Mobile Home Park, where the Tubbs Fire killed two, burned 120 mobile homes, and left 44 of them still standing.
They are condemned and, without insurance money, would be prohibitively expensive to move for both John and, his neighbor Michelle Trammel, who shared a unit with her mother, Rachel.
Six months to the day after the #SantaRosa #Firestorm and some victims still have frustrations. That's John Triglia. His mobile home did not burn in Journey's End, but the area is condemned. He's still in a motel. His bathtub serves as a kitchen sink. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/EdNc33wgOK— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) April 9, 2018
There is no going back.
"No water, no electricity, and they just turned the sewer off," said Rachel.
"I just want this to be over with," added Michelle. They want to move to Tacoma, Washington, "...but we can't afford it."
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And moving her mother, who has emphysema and a broken hip, would be difficult. "Where is all the money people donated," asked Michelle. "A hundred million dollars should be enough for everybody."
Both Michelle and John hope that someone might buy them out of their mobile homes, but the former owner of Journey's End gave the place up. A developer has plans for low-income housing, but they will take time. For now, Michelle, her mother, and John get by on fire relief, but after six months....living like this takes a toll.
"People say where do you live and I say that I don't know. It's a motel. But I'm not really living," said John. "I exist."
Michelle Trammell and her mother are also in the same motel with six other Journey's End victims. With no money to move the mobile home, she says they face eventual homelessness. Same motel, a few doors down. Having issues navigating the system. #SantaRosa #Firestorm. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/zdmpsoJF3n— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) April 9, 2018
Mom Rachel Garfield has a broken hip. They were going to operate just before the #SantaRosa #Firestorm six months ago, today. Have moved fro motel to motel. They want to go to Oregon. "Haven't got the money." And no insurance. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/yzW3idM31Y— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) April 9, 2018
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