BATH — Less than 24 hours after the news got out about a fire at Southgate Restaurant on Washington Street, the Bath community organized to help the owners, Mirinda and Karl Schaumberg, and their employees.

A benefit pig roast, scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Middle Street in Bath, will go towards assisting those affected by Sept. 27 blaze, which started around 5:30 p.m., and resulted in extensive fire and smoke damage to the interior of the building.

Owners of the neighboring restaurant ,Fiona’s Catering, were quick to organize the benefit after hearing about the fire. Lisa Fraser said the tight-knit neighborhood is always ready to help each other out.

“We know the owners there, one of them used to work for me,” said Fraser. “We decided we’d get together and try to help them out.”

She wasn’t surprised at all by the immediate outpouring of support from the community, particularly from other restaurants. Owners of the Galley are also assisting in the benefit dinner.

Investigators with the Fire Marshall’s office were on hand Sept. 28 sifting through what remains of the kitchen to determine the cause of the fire. According to Sgt. Joel Davis, the exact cause is still under investigation.

Firefighters from Bath, West Bath, Topsham and Brunswick, as well as Bath Iron Works assisted in fighting the fire.

Captain Chris Cummings said the timing of the fire is part of why crews were successful fighting the blaze. The restaurant was closed, and the parking lot in front of the building was empty, allowing crews to get in close quickly.

One firefighter was briefly taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick for heat exhaustion and later released, according to Cummings. The heat of the day made dehydration a big factor in fighting the fire.

“You’re doing a lot of physical activity in a short period of time,” he said.

Tickets for the Southgate benefit are $15, available at either Fiona’s Catering on Washington Street, The Galley Restaurant, 245 Centre St., or at the door.