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Businesses collect donations for families who lost everything in Manchester fire


Manchester businesses are accepting donations after a massive fire on Main Street destroyed two local businesses and dozens of apartments Saturday night.

The historic building in the downtown, which was once a hotel, was home to more than 20 apartments and two businesses, the Great Harvest Bread Company and Connecticut Valley Coin before the fire.

According to a post on The Main Pub Restaurant and Music Club's Facebook page, donations of clothing, bedding, jackets and shoes are being accepted to assist people who's apartments were destroyed by the fire.

Keith Beaulieu, who is the owner of The Main Pub, which is down the street from the fire, because two of the victims, work at his bar.

"It shows you the power of social media and the incredible response we received within an hour we already had people coming in," Beaulieu said.

If you eat at The Main Pub on Saturday, 15 percent of the day's sales will go toward helping the families, Beaulieu said. They will also collect donations.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the residents of the building after the fire.

The Manchester American Legion Post 113 is also putting together a dinner to raise money, however they are still working out the details.

Demolition on the building started Sunday night. However, it was halted Monday and Tuesday for various reasons.

The demolition, which was postponed Tuesday while multiple insurance companies decide what to do next, is likely to not resume until Wednesday.

"We are trying to come to some resolve as to who has responsibility for what and who can give us the authorization to do demolition," said Manchester fire Chief Robert Bycholski.

The investigation into the cause of fire, which started in the basement, is expected to take several days. However, Bycholski said it is not believed to be suspicious and an accident.

Asbestos and lead paint was found in the building, fire officials said. 

For more information on how you can help the victims, check out the Facebook page by clicking here.

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