Delia's Kitchen is pictured on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, after a fire at Delia's Kitchen on Lake Street in Oak Park, Ill. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Many were left to pick up the pieces of their homes and businesses after the intense fire on Lake Street Nov. 23, two days before Thanksgiving. Determined to have originated in the rear of 1034 Lake St. on the ground floor in the trash area underneath the grease duct at Delia’s Kitchen restaurant, the fire quickly decimated the timber building and caused significant damage to an adjacent structure.

While no one was injured, save one firefighter who pulled out his back, the fire inflicted more than physical harm. In the spirit of the giving season, thousands of dollars have gone toward helping people get back on their feet in the aftermath of the flames.

Delia’s, the beloved restaurant located on the ground floor of the building, was destroyed. The three apartments above the restaurant, two of which were occupied by tenants, were left a sopping wet pile of debris after the fire.

A since-disabled GoFundMe for the breakfast joint collected a total of $30,356. The campaign started for Brianna Bailey, one of the displaced apartment tenants, was nearing its ambition of amassing $7,000 as well. At the time of publishing, the GoFundMe for Bailey had $5,640.

“It’s just been such a blessing,” Bailey previously told Wednesday Journal. “I really can’t grasp the generosity of people.”

Just as the fire’s path reached Polished Nails and Day Spa, located at 1036 Lake St., the community’s goodwill has too. A total of $12,380 has been donated to the salon’s GoFundMe, started by the owner’s son, as of Dec. 7, putting it over its $12,000 goal.

Wednesday Journal has reached out to Polished Nails and Day Spa for comment.

How to donate to GoFundMe accounts

Donations to Bailey’s campaign can be made at: https://gofund.me/5074448b, while the GoFundMe for Polished Nails and Day Spa is accessible at: https://gofund.me/2d4e1709

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