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January 29, 2013

Lake Placid reaches to help businesses rebuild

Fundraiser planned for shops lost in fire

LAKE PLACID — Business colleagues are stepping in to help Station Street fire victims move quickly into recovery mode.

The fire last Friday destroyed office and workspace of four local small-business operations: Placid Boatworks, Rick’s Taxi, Cake Placid and a satellite office of Griffith Fuel.

All four companies are forging ahead with plans to rebuild.

But the fire left little to recover from ashes covered in ice.

The fire was reported about 12:37 a.m. Friday, and first-responders found flames tearing through the back window of the Boatworks shop.

They worked in minus-20-degree temperatures to knock back the blaze.

HELP POURS IN

Cake Placid owner Jennifer Gates had built her baking and decorating business from scratch three years ago.

Overwhelmed by support of the past few days, Gates said Monday that she has even had bakery competitors in town offer temporary kitchen space so she can keep working.

“Right now, I’m just processing everything. I have a wedding as soon as this Sunday. I’m trying to contact my brides now. I’m going to do everything I can to get everybody’s orders filled,” she told the Press-Republican.

“I literally don’t have a single spoon to work with.”

Gates does have a couple of cake pans, though.

Incredibly, firefighters managed to find and save a few key items as flames tore through the workspace beside the bakery.

“I wasn’t there when the fire started,” Gates said. “But they went in and got some things out. The firefighters saved me a small stack of cake pans.

“It was funny, when the fire first started, they ran in and pulled out a folder full of recipes —  all hand-written, all saved, thank God — and my laptop, my printer and some files and cake orders I have upcoming.

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