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Camp Fire survivor uses fire burned tools to create Phoenix

A retired software engineer and Camp Fire survivor is making art imitate life.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 9:19 AM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 11:19 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - A retired software engineer and Camp Fire survivor is making art imitate life.

The Bay Area man and his wife who lost their Paradise home just as they were moving in are now making the best of their situation.

Robert and Gwen Marzewski had just retired in November 2018. They were 95% moved into their Paradise home when the Camp Fire destroyed nearly everything they owned.

The couple said they had chosen Paradise because of the eclectic nature of people on the Ridge.

"We had some people that my wife and I called the rich folks that were just down the street like a half a block you know a fenced in the neighborhood two stories tall," Marzewski said. "We had a guy right next to us who couldn't get insurance on his old mobile home. And having that kind of mix is really healthy. I hope it doesn't get lost in the whole rebuild."

The couple took a special class on how to use fire to create art. Now Marzewski is using tools and silverware that burned in the fire to make a giant Pheonix. He said he plans to use propane to have it create fire up the base of the piece.

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