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River Falls painter Harold Henson suffered serious burns to both hands but survived a Dec. 19 fire that left his house at 212 S. Wasson Lane uninhabitable. Thanks to Harold’s efforts, his beloved dog Peanut got out alive. Three pet cats were not so fortunate. Harold’s wife of 17 years, Dr. Loretta Henson, a psychologist who offices at 123 W. Cascade Ave., was leaving work when told about the blaze.

Rising from the ashes: All was not lost for Harold Henson and his wife

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Shaking his head, smiling, Harold Henson says he didn’t lose everything after a fire before Christmas destroyed his newly refurbished home, his art studio, killed three family cats and burned the hands he uses to paint.


“There’s so much to be thankful for,” he said. “I got out alive, and my wife, who is everything to me, had left the house earlier and was not anywhere near where she could have been harmed.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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