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Structure fire on Main St. in Cortland under investigation

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A fire broke out on Main Street in Cortland on Monday evening, causing significant damage to Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and the apartments located above it.

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According to Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman, the call came in just after 6 p.m. on Monday, and the fire was contained to the building. However, the building suffered extensive damage, including water damage and damage to the roof.

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Fortunately, the two people living in the upstairs apartments were able to evacuate safely, and no injuries were reported. The Cortland Fire Department is working with the American Red Cross to provide aid to the displaced individuals.


Chief Friedman added that it will take some time before the restaurant can reopen. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The incident has caused concern among residents and business owners in the area. Many are expressing their support for Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and the individuals affected by the fire, offering assistance and hoping for a speedy recovery. The community is rallying together to help those impacted by this unfortunate event.