Middletown Fire Department responded to a reported “kitchen/restaurant fire” at Rusty’s Bar & Grill, 44 Wave Avenue, around 11:10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

{Read More: UPDATED: Area Fire Departments Respond to Fire on Wave Ave in Middletown}

While responding units worked fast and had the fire under control within 30 minutes, there was significant damages to the apartments above Rusty’s and to the restaurant itself.

Loyal customers and friends of Rusty’s have set up a GoFundMe Page (under the name of “FriendsOfRustys” to help with the recovery effort, with a goal of raising $10,000.

Fundraising Page Description:

“For So Many Of us Today The News of the Fire and Water Damage today at Rusty’s and in the Apartments Above Hit Far To Close To Home. While the Details are still being worked out on the building inspection and how things will move forward , this has disrupted the lives of the ones who we have know to come as our friends and family. Jen & B A , Along with Her Daughter and 2 Young Grandchildren were left homeless in this brutal cold weather with almost NONE of their personal belongings and the Owners Who We ALL KNOW to be Generous and Fair ( espically to those who we all know “bend” the rules here and there ) have a TON to Deal with in the Upcomming weeks. Along with them The ENTIRE Rustys Staff Needs Our Support. They are ALWAYS here for us when we Need them and Now Its Time to Return The Favor. Chuck and Robin have Hosted More Fundraisers and donated more Gift Certificates Than Anyone One I can Think Of and Even a Few Dollars Will Help Out the Team so Everyone Can Focus on the Important Task of Getting things Back in Order. Lets Help Show them How Much They Mean To All of Us!”

Visit The Fundraising Page

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

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