TRUMANSBURG, NY – On July 10, an early morning blaze on Falls Road in Trumansburg required several hours and the combined the efforts of five fire departments to fully extinguish.

That morning, Mark Schott woke up to what he thought was a beautiful sunrise — only to quickly realize that the wraparound porch of his family’s home was ablaze, and the fire was quickly spreading.

Fortunately, Schott was able to alert everyone else in the house — his wife, three kids and two upstairs tenants — and everyone got out of the house moments before it was fully engulfed. Sadly, the family did lose their pet cat in the fire.

Despite the fire departments’ response, the house was left uninhabitable and almost everything inside was lost. With no insurance either, the Schotts were left with little aside from the clothes they left the house with that morning.

This week, the family is giving a special thanks to one local business owner, Mike Adams of Mike’s Auto Repair, who went above and beyond to help them recover from the devastating fire.

During this year’s Trumansburg Fair, Adams held a raffle, donating a high-end grill and a gift card to be raffled off at the fair’s Demolition Derby event.

Doug Griffen of Buck Hill Road was the lucky winner of the raffle, but the Schott family was the biggest beneficiary — the raffle raised almost $1,000 that will help the family as they work to get back on their feet.

The Schotts say they are also grateful to the Trumansburg Fair Association, everyone who participated in the raffle and all the other generous community members who have offered donations and support in the aftermath of the fire.

Winner of the raffle Doug Griffen standing outside of Mike’s Auto Repair. (Provided photo.)

Michael Smith

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