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Aahar India seeks help to rebuild

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Aahar India, the local Indian food truck at 101 S. Walnut St. next to the Corner Cone, burned Saturday evening, Jan. 5. Miami Township firefighters quelled the blaze within a few minutes of arriving and no one was injured.

Although the trailer sustained unknown damages, a firefighter on the scene deemed it “most likely a total loss.” But Akhilesh Nigam, who has owned and operated the take-out restaurant for the last nine years, is already thinking of the future.

“Whether I have to rebuild this one or get a new one, we’ll see,” he said on Monday. “When I do it, I’ll make it better than it was before.”

“I want to run it again, because that’s my passion,” he added.

Nigam is now looking to the community to help him get Aahar India back up and running as the portion of his business insurance that would have helped him rebuild lapsed at year’s end. He is hoping to raise $21,000 through a GoFundMe crowdsourcing page and hopes to open again in two months.

To donate, visit the page here.

See the Jan. 10 issue of the paper for the full story.

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