Fire heavily damages laundromat in Westbrook

Crews battled a fire at a Westbrook laundromat on Thursday (iwitness)

Members of the Old Saybrook and Westbrook communities are using their off time to help one family sorely in need, after a fire destroyed their business.

Two weeks ago, a fire broke out at the Westbrook laundromat, and flowed fast into Cindy’s Wine and Spirits next door.

Inside, a charred shell is all that's left.

“It's been a tough, tough couple of weeks for us,” said Cindy Cote.

The damage came about shortly after Cindy’s sister-in-law died suddenly. She co-owns the liquor store with her brother whose children are now without their mother.

Strength derived from within, but also her neighbors, friends and complete strangers who grabbed work gloves and began to help clean-up what's left of the liquor store.

“I think that shows all the goodness out there,” Cote said.

Jennifer Dipasquale and her son Anthony are from Old Saybrook, and joined friends and teachers from the middle school, volunteering their time, knowing the many layers of grieving Cindy's family is going through.

“It's just the way it is here, everybody helps each other,” Dipasquale said.

Anthony was one of the first, and youngest people inside.

"Just helping clear out the place,” Anthony said.

Cote said she does want to rebuild but right now she's taking things one step at a time. The cleanup is her first priority.

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