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Rising from the ashes, a violin seen as symbol of hope following Boonville Fire

As State Fire investigators continue to look into what caused that block fire in Boonville, residents are now asking what can be salvaged, if anything?

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 6:16 PM

BOONVILLE, N.Y. --- As State Fire investigators continue to look into what caused that block fire in Boonville, residents are now asking what can be salvaged, if anything?

But the Boonville fire department made an unlikely discovery, an unscathed violin underneath what was once the Evergreen Hills Music shop.

The owner of the shop Paul Slegatis, said he was astonished when the instrument was delivered to him.

" I saw it there and I really wanted to get it back just to look at it and see how it faired. It's amazing that hanging out there in the rain, you can see a little bit of deterioration and there's some soot on it, but basically this violin is still playable," said Slegatis.

Paul plucked the strings relieved, knowing that with a bit of tuning, the instrument could be played again.

Boonville Police posting a picture of the violin on their Facebook page. Officials tell me within a day, the post got over 20,000 views and over 180 shares. Residents calling it a symbol of hope for the village. But Paul said that there was still one other violin he hopes will get recovered.

"Rising from the ashes, that's why I wanted to see if I could get down into the basement because there's a butterfly on it, and its the symbol of new life," said Slegatis.

The village plans on displaying the violin in the Village Offices once a display case is constructed.

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