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Cherry Valley Fire Leaves Three Dead, Spurs Fundraising Push for Family

Written By Timothy Knight on 4/4/15 | 4/4/15


(Update: A GoFundMe page has since been set up in memory of Ashley Tefft, who perished in the fire with the two Sabler's.)

The deaths of three Cherry Valley children in a structure fire on Thursday morning has spurred the Northern Otsego County community to rally around the affected family.
The Sabler Family, courtesy of
Sabler Family Fire Rescue Fund

Occurring at approximately 3:45 a.m. in the home of Doris and Frank Sabler, fire engulfed the two-story wooden home and claimed the lives of two of their children, as well as a family friend who was staying over that night. 

Mr. Sabler is currently in critical condition at Syracuse Hospital after receiving severe burns while trying to save the entrapped children. 

Approximately fifty firefighters from multiple departments, including Sharon Springs, were on scene to fight the inferno, which was under control after ninety minutes. Water was shuttled in by tankers from Sharon Springs. 

A family friend of the Sabler's has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family, which has received an outpouring of support from the surrounding area to the tune of $20,720 in just two days. 

No donation is too small or large and all proceeds go to the Sabler family in their time of need. Over three hundred individuals have donated as of this morning at 9:00 a.m.

Note: Reports from the Oneonta Daily Star and the Schoharie County Fire Wire contributed to this story.
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