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Pancake breakfast for family billed for water used to extinguish fire

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EAGLE MILLS, N.Y. – "Whatever you want to donate," said Eagle Mills fire-fighters as a steady stream of donators filed into the fire station, depositing money into a red wicker basket at Sunday morning's pancake breakfast.

Thankfully, the community did want to donate and raised a bundle of money for resident Michael Pietro's water bill.

"We've had a great and successful breakfast already and it's only 10:00 a.m.," said Eagle Mills Fire Chief Thomas Martin. "The fire department tries to help the community whenever there's a tragedy or loss. We take care of our own."

The exact amount of money raised was withheld by Chief Martin, who said he did not wish to make a comment regarding the monetary outcome of the fundraiser.

Pietro was footed with a $1,400 dollar water bill for the water used to extinguish a fire that destroyed his home earlier in November.

The massive fire started around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26th, at 375 Garfield Road and took dozens of volunteer fire-fighters nearly nine hours to put out.

"This is very humbling," said Mike Pietro of the fundraiser in his cause. "I appreciate the turn-out and support. Words can't express my gratitude."

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