Garrettsville strong: Fundraisers continue after downtown fire

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GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio -- A Portage County community continues to recover after fire took out several businesses back in March.

However, people in Garrettsville are showing their strength.

On Saturday, there was an all-day event at Candlelight Winery to help business owners in the rebuild effort.

Organizers tell Fox 8 all of the business owners received a free dinner there, and many people from the Garrettsville community were also in attendance, making donations to the cause.

Thirteen businesses were lost in the March 22 fire, including a used-furniture shop, a food pantry, a podiatrist and two attorney’s offices.

One-third of the downtown burned. It took more than 100 firefighters from 34 neighboring departments to put it out.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Several vendors were at the winery on Saturday, and proceeds from sales go to the rebuilding effort.

The organizer explained she's grateful for the support.

"People have come out here, but some have been saying I can't stay and have a drink -- but here's $50. It's just great to see people help like that," said Amanda Conkol, who owns the Candlelight Winery.

Saturday's event is just one of several planned to raise money for the village.

According to the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce, more than $56,000 has been raised for the rebuilding effort.

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