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Catherine Oxenberg tells DailyMailTV her dreams were ‘ripped away’ after wildfire incinerates home

Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg’s resiliency is unmatched after suffering an endless string of recent tragedies.

The statuesque 57-year-old opened up to DailyMailTV about her most recent heartbreak – losing her ‘dream property’ in the Malibu wildfires just days after moving in with her daughters.

The actress thought she was starting a new chapter in her life when she moved into the picturesque estate earlier this month with her 27-year-old daughter, India, who recently escaped from the NXIVM sex cult.

Unmatched: Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg’s resiliency is unmatched after suffering an endless string of recent tragedies

‘I’ve always dreamed of having sort of a compound of multiple structures on a property,’ she told DailyMailTV’s Caitlyn Becker.

The soft spoken mother of three said that part of what drew her to the home was the bountiful space for her family and even room for some animals.

There were ‘paddocks for horses,’ she said with wistful remembrance. ‘I’d already bought the chickens.

‘This was a dream property,’ Catherine continued, ‘and it’s just gone in a flash.’

Double whammy: The statuesque 57-year-old opened up to DailyMailTV about her most recent heartbreak - losing her 'dream property' in the Malibu wildfires just days after moving in with her daughters

Double whammy: The statuesque 57-year-old opened up to DailyMailTV about her most recent heartbreak – losing her ‘dream property’ in the Malibu wildfires just days after moving in with her daughters

Moving forward: The actress thought she was starting a new chapter in her life when she moved into the picturesque estate earlier this month with her 27-year-old daughter, India, who recently escaped from the NXIVM sex cult

Moving forward: The actress thought she was starting a new chapter in her life when she moved into the picturesque estate earlier this month with her 27-year-old daughter, India, who recently escaped from the NXIVM sex cult

Wistful: The soft spoken mother of three said that part of what drew her to the home was the bountiful space for her family and even room for some animals

Wistful: The soft spoken mother of three said that part of what drew her to the home was the bountiful space for her family and even room for some animals

Before: The star's lush property is seen here before the fire

After: The ashy rubble after the blaze seen right

Before and after: The star’s lush property seen left before the fire and the ashy rubble after the blaze seen right 

Destruction: The home barely stands weeks after a fire ripped through the region

Destruction: The home barely stands weeks after a fire ripped through the region

Dream home: 'I've always dreamed of having sort of a compound of multiple structures on a property,' Catherine told DailyMailTV

Dream home: ‘I’ve always dreamed of having sort of a compound of multiple structures on a property,’ Catherine told DailyMailTV

Helpful hand: The Dynasty star is committed to refocusing her charity, the Catherine Oxenberg Foundation, to aid residents in their recovery efforts

Helpful hand: The Dynasty star is committed to refocusing her charity, the Catherine Oxenberg Foundation, to aid residents in their recovery efforts

Neither the 13 chickens nor the home would survive the Woolsey fire that decimated parts of Malibu, including several celebrity homes.  

‘It’s a piece of charred wreckage that looks like the apocalypse,’ she admitted.  

The UK raised beauty is now refocusing the mission of her charitable works through the Catherine Oxenberg Foundation to make sure that the money donated to recovery efforts reach those who need it most. 

The stunning home was purchased by the star earlier this year and she had spent months renovating the 1950s style property.

Rebuilding: The space represented more than just four walls and a roof to Catherine, it was a chance to rebuild after a sex cult ripped her eldest daughter from her for seven years

Rebuilding: The space represented more than just four walls and a roof to Catherine, it was a chance to rebuild after a sex cult ripped her eldest daughter from her for seven years

Irony: The only remnant left standing was a statute of the Indian deity Ganesha, known as The Remover of Obstacles

Irony: The only remnant left standing was a statute of the Indian deity Ganesha, known as The Remover of Obstacles

Rubble: Only parts of the luxury home still stand on the sprawling property

Rubble: Only parts of the luxury home still stand on the sprawling property

New beginnings: Catherine had hoped the 'compound' represented a new beginning for her family

New beginnings: Catherine had hoped the ‘compound’ represented a new beginning for her family

Quick exit: Just six days after she and her three daughters officially moved in to the home, they were evacuated

Quick exit: Just six days after she and her three daughters officially moved in to the home, they were evacuated

Just six days after she and her three daughters officially moved in to the home, they were evacuated. The whole property, save for two trees, was razed to the ground by flames.

Catherine said she had only been back once and not one of her possessions was spared. 

‘It’s just Armageddon,’ she said. 

‘I’ve lost a lot of valuable things that I inherited but it’s those things that are irreplaceable, that have sentimental value … that I think are so devastating.’

The star and her family left with one suitcase, having no inclination that the fire would get close enough to be a danger to the property.

'It's a piece of charred wreckage that looks like the apocalypse,' she said

‘It’s a piece of charred wreckage that looks like the apocalypse,’ she said

Aftermath: A melted pane of class is what still remains at her former home

Aftermath: A melted pane of class is what still remains at her former home

Gone: The actress has been living off of hand-me-downs and the charity of others as she recovers

Gone: The actress has been living off of hand-me-downs and the charity of others as she recovers

‘Everything from family photos to kid’s memorabilia, kid’s paintings,’ was lost.

The space represented more than just four walls and a roof to Catherine, it was a chance to rebuild after a sex cult ripped her eldest daughter from her for seven years.

‘Finally, I’m home,’ Catherine recalled thinking when she first saw the property.

Adding: ‘We all had aspirations about what this house represented, which was a new beginning.’

‘I do feel like all of those dreams have been ripped away.’ 

In August, Catherine revealed that her daughter India had finally been reunited with her family seven years after joining the controversial sex cult NXIVM.

Good news: In August, Catherine revealed that her daughter India had finally been reunited with her family seven years after joining the controversial sex cult NXIVM

Good news: In August, Catherine revealed that her daughter India had finally been reunited with her family seven years after joining the controversial sex cult NXIVM

Short lived: Catherine had only lived at the home for six days before being evacuated due to the fires

Short lived: Catherine had only lived at the home for six days before being evacuated due to the fires

Nothing left: The blonde beauty only took one suitcase and no keepsakes with her when she fled with her family

Nothing left: The blonde beauty only took one suitcase and no keepsakes with her when she fled with her family

'I do feel like all of those dreams have been ripped away,' she sadly admitted after the blaze

‘I do feel like all of those dreams have been ripped away,’ she sadly admitted after the blaze

Dreams: When asked if she felt like the fires stole more from her than just possessions, she responded affirmatively

Dreams: When asked if she felt like the fires stole more from her than just possessions, she responded affirmatively

Healing: 'Yes I do. I do feel like I've been robbed of a precious time of healing and coming together with India and the rest of my girls'

Healing: ‘Yes I do. I do feel like I’ve been robbed of a precious time of healing and coming together with India and the rest of my girls’

When asked if she felt like the fires stole more from her than just possessions, she responded affirmatively.

‘Yes I do. I do feel like I’ve been robbed of a precious time of healing and coming together with India and the rest of my girls.’

India had joined the controversial group led by Keith Raniere and his right-hand woman, Smallville actress Allison Mack, after Catherine and she participated in a NXIVM motivational course.

Her daughter became immersed with the cult and eventually moved to the group’s headquarters where she lived for seven years. 

Robbed: Oxenberg feels like the fire has stolen 'a precious time of healing' for her family after her daughter recently returned home from living with a sex cult 

Robbed: Oxenberg feels like the fire has stolen ‘a precious time of healing’ for her family after her daughter recently returned home from living with a sex cult 

Tough times: The actress said recovering from the fire is the hardest thing she has ever done

Tough times: The actress said recovering from the fire is the hardest thing she has ever done

A life saved: Oxenberg spent 18 months trying to bring down the sex cult NXIVM which claimed her daughter India for seven years

A life saved: Oxenberg spent 18 months trying to bring down the sex cult NXIVM which claimed her daughter India for seven years

Oxenberg had spent 18 months trying to bring down NXIVM in a bid to get her daughter away from the organization, which has been accused of branding female members and using them as sex slaves.  

‘This is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life,’ Oxenberg said of recovering from the fire.

‘The only way I know how to dig myself out of this hole is really to focus on “okay, yes I’ve suffered, horribly, but people have suffered worse than me than me and how can I help them.”‘    

Focus: 'The only way I know how to dig myself out of this hole is really to focus on "okay, yes I've suffered, horribly, but people have suffered worse than me than me and how can I help them"'

So much work gone: Oxenberg had spent 18 months trying to bring down NXIVM in a bid to get her daughter away from the organization, which has been accused of branding female members and using them as sex slaves

Focus: ‘The only way I know how to dig myself out of this hole is really to focus on “okay, yes I’ve suffered, horribly, but people have suffered worse than me than me and how can I help them”‘

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