Fire spares decades of musician’s work

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 100 people lost their homes and personal belongings Wednesday when a Warwick apartment building was destroyed in a fire. A local musician was devastated that he lost his recordings from the past four decades until something told him to return to the scene on Thursday.

Construction crews demolished what was left of the building at Westgate Condominiums Thursday after flames tore through it one day prior.

Eyewitness News spoke with Mac Odom on Wednesday. The accomplished singer had nearly 40 years worth of recordings in his home, and he thought he’d never see those tapes again. But Thursday morning, his mood changed.

“I woke up miserable this morning, angry, miserable – and something said ‘get up and go right now,'” he recalled.

Odom stopped by his old home, seeing what was left after an excavator tore through the remains of the building. But as fate would have it, Mac’s most important possession was there – unharmed.

“I was able to go up and I found this stuff. I got all my music. I got it all!” he exclaimed. “God is great, I mean just let me tell you. Thank God.”

Odom considers himself blessed, and very lucky. He was also able to recover a bag of photos belonging to someone else in the building that he doesn’t know. He hopes he can return them so more good can be salvaged from the wreckage.

Odom had a show scheduled Thursday night in East Providence. Instead of being depressed for the performance, he said it will now be a celebration.

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