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Fundraiser to support victims of Madison fire

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MADISON, CT (WFSB) -

A week after a massive fire destroyed two businesses in downtown Madison, town officials are planning to come together to help the victims.

Firefighters were called to the area of 734 Boston Post Rd. around 3:30 a.m. on June 20. Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke billowing from the building and crews could not enter the structure.

The fire destroyed the building, which was home to the Madison Wine Shop and Village Pizza.

Town leaders told Eyewitness News both businesses had insurance and plan to rebuild, but it won't happen quickly.

"It'll take probably a year to rebuild and in the meantime, we have to think about what these people are going to do for a living," said Madison Chamber of Commerce Director Eileen Banisch.

Banisch told Eyewitness News the shops are looking at two temporary locations in town right now.

In the meantime, the Madison Beach Hotel is offering up the opening night of their summer grassy strip music series for donations.

"Everyone knows one another, everyone cares about one another and when there's a time of need everyone comes together," said Madison Beach Hotel General Manager John Mathers.

Along with helping the businesses and cleanup, part of the money will go to the volunteer fire departments, who stopped the flames from spreading even further.

Even before Friday's event, they've already collected $5,000 in donations.

A week later, the area on Boston Post Road now looks very different from what it once did. Traffic is being diverted after the demolition left nothing but a large gaping hole.

"A fire as devastating as this, never mind for the economy and the town, it saddens me, because you lose a lot more than a building and businesses and jobs," said Melissa Fray, who is a former Madison resident.

The concert itself is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Beach Hotel Friday. Organizers are hoping all that rain will move through and clear out before then.

However, they do have an alternative plan in place - if it rains they'll hold the concert inside the ballroom of the hotel. No matter what, they're hoping they have a large turnout for donations.

No injuries were reported during the fire and the cause of it is still undetermined at this time.

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