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Texas French Bread meets $100K GoFundMe goal less than 24 hours after devastating fire

The fire caused a total loss of the 2900 Rio Grande Street bakery. (Texas French Bread)

A GoFundMe organized on behalf of Texas French Bread has already exceeded its goal after a mechanical failure caused a devastating fire to the bakery.

The fire sparked around 11 p.m. on Jan. 24 and firefighters battled the blaze into the early morning. No one was injured but the fire collapsed the roof of the building and caused $1.6 million in damages.

The GoFundMe was organized by Ilana Panich-Linsman, a friend of Texas French Bread owners Murph and Carissa Willcott, and has already raised $106,324 of its $100,000 goal to go toward the damages as the community rallies around the restaurant. It was created around 11 a.m. Thursday

Panich-Linsman said all of the money will go directly to the Wilcotts, who will, in turn, decide how to distribute it. Many of the donations came with heartfelt notes, sharing what the restaurant meant to the community.

A host of local businesses, even bakeries, donated in support of the bakery.

The support didn't end on their GoFundMe, as fans of the bakery took to social media to mourn the loss.

It is still unclear what will happen to the beloved bakery, as the GoFundMe stated that the owners are still unclear as to what kind of reimbursement they will receive.


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