Binghamton business owner steps in to help those impacted by Airport Inn fire

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Old Union Hotel in Binghamton is hoping to make a difference in the community.

“The community supports us,” said owner Andy Kipp. “We have to support them. So I mean we do everything that we can.”

He says it was a no-brainer to step up to help after hearing the Airport Inn in the town of Maine went up in flames.

Authorities say two adults and two children who were inside made it out safely. The business was destroyed.

“I can’t imagine,” he said. “I just really couldn’t imagine what they went through.”

Kipp is asking for your help to help the people who were involved in the fire that lost everything.

“We’re taking donations here of clothing, shoes, anything like that, taking monetary donations here,” explained Kipp.

You can also go to First Ward Charities on Facebook. It’s the organization Kipp recently created to help those in the community. If you click on the donate button your money will go directly toward those impacted by the fire.

“Everything is tax-deductible and get these families back on their feet,” he said.

Similar to the Old Union Hotel, the Airport Inn was known for its good food.

“Anybody that ordered food there, if they call here, and place their order we’ll donate ten percent of those sales to the family directly,” said Kipp.

He says the two children involved in the fire are friends with his son.

“They go to school together,” Kipp explained. “So I know Monday night they were they were playing XBOX together. So yeah they’re good friends.”

Kipp says he won’t stop collecting donations anytime soon.

“Christmas was a month ago, they lost all that stuff,” added Kipp. “They lost everything. So any little bit could help to get them back on their feet.”

Esperanza Gutierrez

Esperanza Gutierrez

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