Community rallies behind Corinth family after fire

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    CORINTH, N.Y. (WRGB) - A Corinth family who lost everything in an overnight fire is learning firsthand the generosity of their school district after counselors kicked into high gear to make sure they had everything they need to get through the tragedy.

    Flames broke out overnight at a home on Walsh Road in Corinth. Two of the residents were treated for smoke inhalation, but all five people inside were able to get out safely.

    The family -- including two Corinth students, one in high school, the other in middle school -- walked away from their burning home with little more than the clothes on their backs.

    Counselors in the district say phones were ringing off the hook early Wednesday morning as they immediately revved up their crisis plan.

    A Hoops for the Holidays program at Corinth raises money for emergencies like this and gave the counselors a blank check to buy what the family needed while Skidmore College added a gift card.

    The counselors say some students need to come right back to school right away.

    "It gives back a sense of control at a time when they feel like they lost control," said Lynn Jenkins, director of guidance.

    The counselors say being in the classroom can re-establish a sense of stability, that even though something terrible has happened, it doesn’t have to take over their entire lives.

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