Benefit set for house fire victims

— Life-long Au Sable Forks residents Howard and Amy Drake lost their home and personal belongings to a structure fire Jan. 3, 2014.

The fire was reported around 6 p.m. at 28 Golf Course Road Friday evening. Firefighters from Au Sable Forks, Keeseville, Jay, Upper Jay, Peru, and South Plattsburgh all responded to fight the blaze. Frigid temperatures and icy conditions created additional challenges for the firemen. Firefighters began to fight the fire with an aerial truck after initially using hoses from the ground.

The American Legion Post 504/Au Sable Forks will be hosting a spaghetti dinner and live auction on Jan. 18 to benefit the Drake family. Dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m. followed by a live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Music Inc. DJ Service and local musician Miss Tally Duell have volunteered their services for the evening. The cost to attend the event is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and seniors.

“It’s amazing how much this community has come together for my family in such a time of need,” said Joan Drake, the couple’s daughter. “I can’t thank the firemen enough for working so hard in such terrible conditions.” The Drakes are living with family in the area for the time being.

For general information regarding the benefit contact Sadie Hosley (Event Coordinator) at 586-1775.

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