Bushwick food co-op calls on neighbors to rebuild after fire
A North Brooklyn food co-op is looking to rebuild after suffering damage from a fire earlier this month, launching an online fundraising effort in a bid to jump-start the recovery process.
The Bushwick Food Cooperative was forced to shutter following a trash fire on July 3 that caused damage to the façade and ceiling of the building, which is known as “The Loom.” According to fire marshals, the blaze started around 4:30 a.m. and was extinguished by 5 a.m.
“The fire entered the store and damaged the ceiling by the window, but the building sprinklers came on and the fire department was able to break open the gate and doors to the store to get in and put anything else out,” Sarah Overholt, vice president of the co-op’s board of directors, told the Brooklyn Eagle.
The co-op, located at 1087 Flushing Ave., is hoping to raise $60,000 to help cover the initial costs of the damage, including replacement of inventory and structural repairs. As of Wednesday afternoon, the donation page had raised $2,836.