Portland couple's mobile art studio destroyed in arson

Mobile art studio destroyed in arson

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A local artist was heartbroken after a fire destroyed her mobile art studio.

Investigators said on Aug. 9, a transient lit a fire in a dumpster next door to Jenn Woodward and her husband Gary A. Hanson’s home on North Greenwich Avenue. The fire spread to their mobile paper-making art studio, Pulp and Deckle, parked in their driveway.

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Police arrested Frank Donald Fisher, who faces one charge of first-degree arson.

“It's incredibly frustrating,” said Woodward. “To have put all that work into something and get so much support and enthusiasm and it's just gone.”

The couple raised $11,000 through a Kickstarter fund to convert an old espresso truck into their studio. Insurance won't cover the damage because they didn’t have fire coverage for their vehicles. The couple wasn’t sure what they'd do next, especially given the generosity that got them started in the first place.

“It’s very hard for us to ask for help because we want to help other people,” said Hanson, holding back tears. “Having something like this where we actually have to ask for help is just hard, all around.”

The couple set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wanted to help them rebuild their studio, but said they believed there were many others with greater needs than theirs.

“All the hurricanes,” said Woodward. “We know there is so much need right now.”

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