Trace Adkins and his family have been living in a cabin since their house fire on June 4th. Although they are thankful that they had a place to live, it has still been a difficult transition, and matters with their old home are still not resolved.
“The insurance company declared it a total loss, and now they have to figure out what that means and assign a value to it,” Trace told CMT. “It takes ridiculously long. I just want to get what’s left of that house torn down. It looks sad. It’s the eyesore of the neighborhood. We all want to get it gone.”
Things are beginning to look up for the family now that they are planning to rebuild, but there are times when the shock of the fire in their old home and the possessions lost weigh down on them. “Just over the last week, it’s falling in on me, like a delayed reaction,” he said. “Every day, you think of something else you lost, and those things just keep popping up, like someone smacking you again.” Trace and his family lost several of their belongings in the fire, including a guitar Buck Owens gave him. “That’s gone,” he said. “Things like that. Pictures of me with my heroes. Portraits of my kids. That’s the stuff you miss the most.”
Yet, through it all, Trace’s family remains his main focus. “There’s that saying about how you stand outside what used to be your home after something like this, and you say, ‘The family’s OK, and that’s all that matters.’ But until it’s actually happened to you, that’s when the weight of those words takes on a significance you never even imagined. Everything pales after that.” There are several things the family wishes they could have saved from the fire, but they also all realize that it could have been much worse.