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Trace Finally Starts to Mourn Fire Losses

He admits losses were more than he originally anticipated.

For nearly two months, Trace Adkins has downplayed the impact of the fire that destroyed his house, saying it’s only stuff, saying he’s just happy his family escaped uninjured. Now, the loss of some of that stuff is starting to hit him.

Things such as mementos, pictures of Trace with his heroes, portraits of his kids, even boots. “I had convinced myself that I wasn’t really affected by this whole thing," he tells "I’ve been able to just move on to the next chapter in my life, but I find myself sometimes getting a little frustrated and my fuse is just a little shorter. The day I got back [after the fire], I just went, ‘OK, I’ve just lost everything, let's just move on,’ but, see, what happens is every day you think about something . . . you get in a situation, 'OK I need this,’ ‘Oh, it’s not there,’ you don’t have that anymore, or ‘I would like to get this and show this person this thing’ and ‘Oh, I don’t have that anymore.’ Just remembering that I have to take this pair of boots with me today to do this, I don’t have those anymore, just stuff like that just kind of wears on you after a while and it’s been kind of a delayed impact on me.”

For more on Trace and the farm where he and his family have taken refuge, check out the Aug. 22 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands Aug. 15.

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