Puvogel Family Fire Fund

Puvogel Family Fire Fund

From Melissa McCoy

As many of you already know, Amanda, Eric, Clayton, Kimber and Cora lost their house to a fire today. While the loss of worldly possessions has been absolutely devastating, the entire family is safe and unharmed.

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1 day ago

Amanda, Eric, and the kids have been staying at the Homewood Suites. We have all been blown away by the incredible staff at Homewood and Yaya's. They have truly gone above and beyond to make the hotel feel like home and many of the staff members are like family now.

We were able to have a socially distant, outdoor Thanksgiving in the patio area and it was absolutely beautiful. We cannot express enough gratitude to the staff.

As amazing as the hotel has been, Amanda and Eric are still working to make the best decision for their family in regards to their next temporary living situation. They are considering home rentals among other options but haven't made a decision yet.

The fire inspector was out to the house last week. Due to the extent of the damage, they were unable to determine the cause of the fire but believe it was "likely electrical." Unfortunately, we will never know for certain.

We are still having some trouble with people trying to come on to the property. There is someone staying in the shop as well as video monitoring of the property. Last week, someone pulled into the driveway early in the morning. Upon seeing Eric was already there, they left in such a hurry that they ran over and destroyed their mailbox.

So I will say it one more time - this is criminal trespass and theft. Even if you are just trying to look- do it from the road. It is extremely dangerous. There is absolutely no structural integrity. Stay off the property.

Again, thank you so much for the overwhelming support of the family as they navigate this situation.

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*Please use this page as the sole space for monetary donations to ensure they reach their intended destination. This page will also offer updates as the family rebuilds their life after this tragic event.

On behalf of this beautiful family we would like to thank all the many many many calls, messages, texts, and the like that have come in since this tragedy has occurred. Amanda and Eric would like everyone to know that they have a good insurance policy and a strong support network here.

While their financial needs are largely unknown at this time and will be ever-evolving over the next few months, they will have access to these funds if needed; however, their intention is to be able to give back to the organizations who have supported them through this.

In the meantime, please consider a donation to your local Red Cross, send a gift to your Rural Fire Districts, and keep Southeast of Saline School in mind for year-end giving.

Many people have asked about gift cards as well, please consider gift cards from locally-owned businesses.

Family makes a house a home.

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Melissa McCoy posted a new update:
1 day ago

Update #3

Amanda, Eric, and the kids have been staying at the Homewood Suites. We have all been blown away by the incredible staff at Homewood and Yaya's. They have truly gone above and beyond to make the hotel feel like home and many of the staff members are like family now.

We were able to have a socially distant, outdoor Thanksgiving in the patio area and it was absolutely beautiful. We cannot express enough gratitude to the staff.

As amazing as the hotel has been, Amanda and Eric are still working to make the best decision for their family in regards to their next temporary living situation. They are considering home rentals among other options but haven't made a decision yet.

The fire inspector was out to the house last week. Due to the extent of the damage, they were unable to determine the cause of the fire but believe it was "likely electrical." Unfortunately, we will never know for certain.

We are still having some trouble with people trying to come on to the property. There is someone staying in the shop as well as video monitoring of the property. Last week, someone pulled into the driveway early in the morning. Upon seeing Eric was already there, they left in such a hurry that they ran over and destroyed their mailbox.

So I will say it one more time - this is criminal trespass and theft. Even if you are just trying to look- do it from the road. It is extremely dangerous. There is absolutely no structural integrity. Stay off the property.

Again, thank you so much for the overwhelming support of the family as they navigate this situation.

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Melissa McCoy posted a new update:
9 days ago

Update #2

Amanda and Eric wish to convey their endless gratitude to this amazing community who has rallied around them, given of their time and money, and lifted them up in prayer. It has been a humbling and uplifting experience for us all to watch and be a part of.

Everyone is settling nicely into the hotel and adjusting to this new temporary normal.

They are currently weighing their options for next steps for a temporary living solution and eventually a permanent one. While their future of their home is still unknown, one thing is for sure- Stacy and I will be throwing one heck of a housewarming when the time comes!

I know everyone is wondering (and some are wildly speculating) as to the genesis of the fire. At this point we do not know. There are a number of possibilities being investigated. We hope for some answers soon.

In the meantime, please check your smoke detecters, keep important documents in a safe place, and talk to your family about a fire plan.

Love to you all,

MM

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Melissa McCoy posted a new update:
13 days ago

Update #1

The family will begin staying in a local hotel tonight while they explore their options for a more permanent solution. They are excited to have their own spaces and looking forward to spending time together as a family.

Amanda and Eric had a virtual walk through with the insurance company yesterday and were able to look at the property better now that the smoke has cleared. The home is a complete loss, as you know. The garage had some minor damage .The shop suffered some structural damage. The coup was also damaged but Clayton managed to save it enough allow the birds to continue to use it. A few beautiful trees are lost as well.

There has been a little trouble with people coming out and digging through the remains. I cannot stress enough how concerning this is. Firstly, it is extremely dangerous. Second, regardless of the condition of the property, this is trespassing on private property and theft. Additionally, it is important that nothing is moved until the insurance adjusters can physically see the property. Thank you for staying away.

While Fundly is a quick and easy way to give, many of you have reached out to ask how you can send a cash gift without paying fees. You are welcome to contact me and I will pick up a check written to "Amanda or Eric Puvogel" and get it to them wherever they are. BUT Facebook messenger has a pay function that is awesome, instant, and has no fees. The money is instantly deposited into their checking account and is available immediately. (Plus it does a really cool "raining money" thing when she opens the message that is a lot of fun!) Please use any method you are comfortable with, but by no means feel obligated.

Also, Eric and Amanda ask that you remember your local first responders and Southeast of Saline School while you are thinking about giving. Their hope is to be able to use this fund to support the organizations who have supported them through this.

Thank you for the love and support.

MM

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