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New Orleans detective and artist loses irreplaceable paintings in Mid-City fire

Charles Hoffacker, an NOPD detective and artist, lost painting and supplies in the Mid-City...
Charles Hoffacker, an NOPD detective and artist, lost painting and supplies in the Mid-City fire. (FOX 8)
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 at 2:04 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An acclaimed local artist who lost nearly everything in a massive fire in Mid-City said he is "overwhelmed by the support" of the community since the loss of his work.

A fire burned through a warehouse early Monday morning along Bayou St. John. The fire destroyed three businesses, including the space that housed Charles Hoffacker's work.

His art tackles controversial subjects but with unconventional artistic methods. Hoffacker creates thought-provoking art pieces on the city's social ills – problems he sees daily on the job as a detective in the NOPD.

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"In my opinion, we need to get angry about the violence in our city," Hoffacker said in a 2017 interview with FOX 8. "We need to get passionate about it and dealing with it in different ways."

Friends created a GoFundMe site for the artist after the fire with a goal of $10,000 to help him replace art supplies and more. They have already raised more than $7,500.