Work gone in house fire, Hilo artist knows it could have been worse

Hilo artist Tomas Belsky stands Tuesday next to the remains of his former Kou Lane home and studio, destroyed in an Oct. 30 fire. (JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — A well-known Hilo artist and writer whose rented home and studio burned down in a fire on Oct. 30 described himself as “a lucky son of a gun.”