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BBQ benefit to help apartment fire victims

The historic Wachter Building in UpTown Toledo went up in flames Tuesday, displacing 21 residents.

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO) The community is coming together to help the families left without a home following a devastating fire.

The historic Wachter Building in UpTown Toledo went up in flames Tuesday, displacing 21 residents.

In the span of a few days, the entire community has come together to support the nearly two dozen people affected by the apartment fire.

The neighborhood non-profit Village on Adams got right to work.

"Something like this is devastating," said Zach Lahey, president of Village on Adams. "Starting over on a home has got to be one of the hardest things imaginable. The community just exploded with help, people wanting to lend a hand. It was overwhelming, the response from the neighborhood and surrounding Toledo community."

Saturday, from noon until ten o'clock, you can get some BBQ and live entertainment on Adams Street all while supporting those people put out by the fire.

"It's going to be all up and down the street all day," explained Amelia Jarret, general manager for The Attic and vice president of Village on Adams.

There will be barbecue stations set up between 11th and 21st at Wesley's, Georgjz419, the lot at 14th street, Manhattan's, The Attic, Poco Loco, and Ottawa Tavern.

Every $5 donation at any station gets you a voucher for a plate of food.

There will be musical guests as well. A $5 cover charge will also benefit the fire victims.

You can find the entire rundown of entertainment and the times for raffles and drawings on the event's Facebook page.

"We've gotten tons of donations for the residents, and a ton of really cool things to raffle off," said Jarret.

All the proceeds will be divided up between the displaced residents at the Hymore Apartments.

Organizers are asking that you bring cash.

Lahey said they wanted to come up with an easy way for people to help. They also want to make sure all the money gets to the residents in a timely manner.

"Trying to get these residents into their new homes as soon as possible and as easily as possible is really our goal," he explained. "We're so overwhelmed with the community that's risen up. It's something we can really hang our hat on about Toledo, the community, Adams Street, UpTown in general. We take care of people when they're in need. It's really heartwarming to see that kind of response."

The Village on Adams put together a GoFundMe to raise money for the former tenants.

They are also trying to compile a list of available apartments in the area to see what kind of options those residents may have now.

The fire tuesday caused an estimated one million dollars in physical damages to the building.

Toledo fire said the building's age and style made it so the fire spread quickly thorugh the walls and attic.

At this point, it's still not clear how the fire started.

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