The album

The album: Steve Stout holds a memento of his wedding 28 years ago as wife Debby looks on with an incredulous grin. When the house collapsed, clothing stowed in the attic apparently fell on top of the album, got soaked by firefighters’ hoses and prevented the keepsake from burning. “I’m Little Miss Pack Rat,” Debby says with a laugh. “My husband said the attic would fall someday, and it did.” Other family photos were burned and wet, but their recovery? “Awesome,” she says.
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