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Local businesses give back to firefighters, help fire victims

Want to help? Here's how you can get aid to people who were affected by the overnight fire in downtown Raleigh.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of people were displaced by a massive fire in downtown Raleigh that destroyed an new apartment building.

A firefighter was injured by falling glass, and five people were treated for smoke inhalation, but everyone near the building when it ignited escaped serious harm. Now, to help the people who were forced out of their homes, many people and organizations around Raleigh want to help.

The owner of Isaac Hunters Tavern on Fayetteville Street and his staff wanted to do something to thank the first responders, firefighters, police, EMS, everyone who found Thursday night's massive fire.

The Tavern, along Clyde's BBQ and The Big Easy donated food and drinks for the fundraiser. It's their way of saying a big thank you to first responders.

"I think that every day we should be thanking our firefighters, our first responders, the people that are willing to rush in when others are rushing out," said Zack Medford, owner of Isaac Hunters Tavern. "Last night was just proof. These people are so brave and so willing to risk their lives for our community. It's amazing."

Along with tonight proceeds, everyone was encouraged to sign thank you cards for Raleigh Firefighters. The proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Fire Department, the Fallen Heroes Fund and the Red Cross.

Here are the local businesses that are helping people in need:

–To find help or donate, call the Red Cross Triangle Chapter at 919-231-1602 or 919-996-2999

–The Raleigh Chamber has offered space to any businesses that needs it

–Google Fiber in Glenwood South has free internet, food and open desks for people put out by the damage

–Bamboo Realty on Peace Street is offering free guidance on information about short-term rentals to those displaced by the fire. They are also offering their office to those who need quiet place to work downtown. Call 703-657-9451

–The VCA Triangle Tower Animal Hospital is offering to board pets. Call 919-231-8030

–Crank Arm Brewery will hold a clothing drive at its W. Davie Street location from open to close on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

–Rise Biscuits and Donuts locations at Cameron Village and North Raleigh are giving a sandwich and a drink to firefighters, police or EMT who need a recharge

–Hibernian will donate a portion of Friday's St. Patrick's Day proceed to a benefit of the Raleigh Fire Department's choosing

–Isaac Hunter's Tavern has a $12 special. Get a drink and a plate of Clyde Cooper's BBQ Friday night, with proceeds doing to the Raleigh Fire Department.

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