Your Daily Aw: Couple Who Lost Everything In A Fire Still Has Each Other
How's this for an amazing new husband? Banning, California, couple Steve Cooke and Kim Malone suffered an incredible loss last week, when their home--the one they'd planned to be married at--burned to the ground in L.A.'s Silver Fire. But Cooke didn't want his bride-to-be to have her wedding day ruined, so just three days after the devastating fire, the pair went on with the wedding, and held it at Steve's son Jason's house.
“My fiancé was too upset over the loss of the house,” said Cooke. “I didn’t want anything to mess up her wedding day.” The pair were married in front of friends and family this past weekend.
For her part, Kim Malone is upbeat. "We’re going to start our life together, brand spanking new. Everything down to the house even."
The couple lost everything -- clothes, furniture, books and rare artifacts -- like the original photograph of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (in a gold frame), valued at around $100,000. The couple's dogs were saved -- and, miraculously, their wedding rings.
But while the couple has nothing materially, they have everything in terms of love.
“It is just part of life,” said Cooke, “I just looked at it and I go, ‘There goes the house.’”