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Local musician finds silver lining in blaze that destroyed home

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Bruce Blake holds a guitar that was spared by fire Bruce Blake holds a guitar that was spared by fire
HOMER, LA (KSLA) -

A home belonging to local musician Bruce Blake burned over the weekend. Luckily, Blake and his wife are OK, but the loss of property is a source of pain for the bluegrass musician. He was in the process of remodeling the home and having it insured. He had planned to live there a long time.

While Blake has no more possessions, the fire couldn't take the one thing he's had a passion for all his life, his love of music.

"I had been called in to work Saturday morning and my wife called me about 1:30 and all I could get out of her was the house was on fire," said Blake.

When he arrived, he saw that the home was destroyed, along with everything in it.

"I was in the process of renovating, I had done a whole lot of work in there," said Blake.

He sifted through the rubble and ashes to find something salvageable, and just when he needed a glimmer of hope, the bluegrass musician found it.

"It's unbelievable. I went inside of the house where they knocked the wall out. And my guitar case was lying on the floor. It had my guitar in it.

And you guessed it, the guitar still plays. But the important thing is, so does Bruce Blake. "That's what always keeps me going," said Blake.

His possessions are all gone, but his life-long passion for music remains.

And all the support offered by his fans and friends has strengthened his faith in humanity.

"You don't know how many friends you got until something like this happens," said Blake.

He continues to get a lot of offers for help from his friends and he says he's a proud man, he doesn't want to accept that help but he's come to terms with the fact that he's left with nothing.

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