MEDFORD — “We are blessed,” said Yesenia Solis, 31. “That is how I feel.”

The young mother uttered this — part prayer, part declaration — at Sacred Heart Parish here Sept. 19, 11 days after a flash fire destroyed her house and neighborhood, causing such panic that she miscarried an unborn child. Solis now faces formidable pressure to find a home — not only for her two children and husband, but for her aging parents and younger siblings. The incinerated house at Coleman Creek Estates mobile home park in Phoenix was not insured and the family does not own the land.

Asked in what way this all qualifies as a blessing, Yesenia puts her hand to her heart: “We have to look forward now,” she said. “What else can we do?”

Leaning on her is her 18-year-old sister, Nayeli, who responded, “Well, at least we have nothing to lose anymore.”

At that, the siblings erupt in laughter. Yesenia pulls Nayeli and their mother Luz in for a hug — three resilient women guffawing and crying simultaneously.

Sacred Heart is allowing the family to stay in an old parish-owned house through October, when plans call for its demolition. Yesenia and her husband, grateful for the hospitality, have good jobs at fruit and gift company Harry and David and expect they can qualify for a home loan.

Before the fire came, Yesenia and her family grabbed the car title, birth certificates and the dogs. They expected to be back. The fire seemed far off. “I didn’t think it would reach our house,” Nayeli said.

After evacuation, Nayeli drove to get supplies and saw bright orange clouds over Phoenix. “I told my mom, ‘Our house is gone.’” Coleman Creek Estates now appears as if a thermonuclear weapon detonated overhead.

“We lost everything,” said Yesenia. The family had tried to buy home insurance years ago, but no one would approve them. Owners of older mobile homes often have that problem with insurance companies.

“It was nothing to them but for us it was everything,” Yesenia said.

The loss of the house has hit Yesenia and Nayeli’s 70-year-old father especially hard. Santos Solis brought his family to Phoenix 21 years ago and built up the house. The family had to do some convincing to get him to evacuate.

Nayeli, who helps her mother clean houses, misses space of her own. “I miss my room,” she said. “I want to go home. I don’t wish this on anyone.”

Yesenia misses the photos of her children but is most pained at the child she lost.

“I told God, ‘You can take my couch, you can take my car, you can take my house, but don’t take my baby,’” Yesenia said. “But I guess if he’d been born we wouldn’t even have a house for him.”