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Couple Saves Art From Home Destroyed by Fire


Amherst Co., VA - An Amherst County couple with a passion for art is picking up the pieces.

Mark Campbell was awake late Thursday night when a fire started in the attic of his home on Lexington Turnpike.

"I started smelling something a little weird like something was burning and then I heard something fall from the very top floor... something falling down," said Campbell.

Not long after, he saw the thick smoke. He woke up his wife and got their dog. They ran to a neighbor's house to call 911 as the home he spent years remodeling burned.

"Now it looks like we'll have to take it down to zero and build it all over again. I'm not looking forward to that," said Campbell.

If there's any bright side to his story, it's this: Mark and his wife are both incredible artists, from paintings to stained glass. His woodwork has even earned him some press before.

"Mark has been creative ever since I was little.  Everything he touches is just beautiful," said Campbell's sister Sharon Dowdy.

Before any thunderstorms moved through, his friends and family helped him pull all of those one-of-a-kind creations from the rubble.

"I was really surprised at what I was able to recover," said Campbell.

A good bit of it was salvageable and in pretty good shape, and that makes it a little bit easier to move on.

"It's my life's work, my wife and I are both artists and it's our life's work," said Campbell.

Campbell also saved his computer with a book he's writing on it, some guitars since he's also a musician, and an urn with his father's ashes.

As for the cause of the fire - Campbell says it's under investigation, but he believes it was an electrical issue.

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