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AYER — An Ayer restaurant is spearheading an effort to gather clothing and household furnishings for a town family burnt out of their home in a two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon on West Main Street.

Becky Mauro Brennan, who works at Tiny’s Restaurant, which is owned and operated by the Mauro family, said “one of our customers came in and knows the mother and brought it to our attention.” Brennan said the man is a friend of her family and asked if Tiny’s could serve as a central drop-off location. Brennan said her family was all too willing to help.

“They pretty much lost everything,” said Brennan. She said the family is looking for an apartment and is living with relatives now. Tiny’s put out the call on its Facebook page Monday afternoon.

“We are looking for clothing for the kids,” reads the Facebook appeal. Specifically, the family is in need of boys shirts (size 12) and boys pants (size 12-14 pants), as well as tops and pants for a size 3 child, and a boy who is 24-months old. There’s a need for girls clothing sized 6-6x. Also household items are also in need.

“You can drop anything at the restaurant and we will get it to them,” closes Tiny’s Facebook request. “Thanks so much.”

The restaurant is located at the junction of Route 2A/Fitchburg Road and Groton School Road in Ayer. Tiny’s is open Monday and Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Ayer Fire Department Captain Paul Fillebrown Jr., Ayer Police Detective Kellie Barhight, and the Massachusetts State Police were visiting the scene Monday afternoon to continue their investigation into the cause of the fire. Flames were shooting out of the side of the duplex when firefighters arrived at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, causing the closure of that portion of West Main Street for several hours. Several fire departments responded to the scene, including Shirley, Devens, Harvard, Littleton and Westford.

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