WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 –– Following a devastating fire at the Plantation Bar & Grill last week, an outpouring of messages from the community asking how to help has prompted the owners to start a new fundraising campaign to support tenants and employees affected by the devastation.

“We have [had] a fantastic outpouring of support on Facebook and throughout the community,” the post by Plantation Owner Danielle Maguire on GoFundMe says. “Thanks to everyone for your concern and well wishes. I am hoping this can flow into this GoFundMe to help with the most urgent needs of those that are most affected by this sad loss.”

According to Maguire, the establishment was not only a spot for food and fun, but also the home of three tenants. She goes on to say that while everyone got out safely, all belongings were lost.

“We are thankful the Red Cross has helped them with immediate funding for housing that will get them through this first, very stressful week,” the fundraiser post reads. “Beyond that, they still need to find permanent housing and start over. “

Thus, the fundraiser aims to help those tenants with “security deposits, higher expected rents, and to replace essential items such as beds, tables, chairs and clothing.”

The goal is to raise $10,000, with funds beyond that going to support kitchen staff, wait staff and bartenders now left without work. As of the publication of this article, $5,210 has been raised thus far. For more information and to donate click here.

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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Traffic on Route 366 was closed for much of Friday morning as crews worked to extinguish a blaze at the Plantation Bar & Grill on Dryden Road.

Flames destroyed much of the property –– taking more than seven hours to finally be stamped out. It appears no one has been injured as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire is not public at this time.

According to the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, the fire began just after 2 a.m. on Friday with crews from several agencies arriving on scene to assist Varna firefighters.

Crews from Varna, Etna, Dryden, Freeville, Cayuga Heights, Groton, Ithaca, Cortlandville and McLean Fire Departments, Dryden Ambulance, Airport Crash Fire Rescue and New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Investigators all either assisted with putting out or were on standby for the large structure fire at 1285 Dryden Rd.

According to TCDER, “all occupants got out safely and no injuries to firefighting personnel.”

It is currently unclear what the next steps will be for the restaurant which managed to survive the economic hardship of the coronavirus pandemic. According to 14850.com, the establishment is under new ownership as of just last week.

A post on the restaurant’s social media shows a video of crews spraying water on the burnt building with the captio, “Sad day my friends..”

**This story has been updated to reflect that the blaze took more than seven hours to extinguish and that Dryden Fire was not second on the scene as originally thought.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com