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Community rallies for Gas Light Co. workers after fire

Monday, December 14, 2015  
Posted by: Emily Owens
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Community rallies for Gas Light Co. workers after fire
Meals, money and more being donated to workers

While cleanup efforts are underway at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. restaurant, following Wednesday's four-alarm fire, digital donations are being collected for out-of-work employees and the community has shown "immense support," said Gas Light spokesman Travis Glazier.

The Dec. 9 fire burned through the circa 1800 brick building at 64 Market St. that houses the Gas Light and is owned by Paul Sorli and his family. Fire Chief Steven Achilles said 16 to 20 fire departments, with 60 to 75 firefighters, responded to the fire that started in a duct from the Gas Light's wood-burning oven, then burned up through the roof.

The Gas Light remains closed, while the Attrezzi and Tulips shops, in the same building, reopened Saturday.

To help the 100-plus Gas Light Co. employees, who are out of work as a result of the fire, a GoFundeMe web page was created by longtime Gas Light contractor Jim Doyle with a $20,000 goal. As of mid-Monday, nearly $7,000 was raised, including $500 from the Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams beer. The BBC donated with the message, "From everyone here at the Boston Beer Company, wishing you all the best, a speedy recovery, and a wonderful holiday, we know you'll come back even stronger." Read more from



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