The largest food bank in Newfoundland and Labrador lost most of the food at the main stockpile on Wednesday morning.
"It's actually defeating, because, you know, we have absolutely no food," said Eg Walters, general director of the Association for the Distribution of Food in the Community.
"Now we do not have one can of soup that we can distribute."
The association serves as the central venue for donations and supplies food banks throughout the province, while the stock destroyed by smoke and water are only part of the loss.
"We must have lost the storage space and the damage done there will certainly not be ready to be re-occupied soon," Walters told reporters in front of the building.
Before that he told the CBC that there was no injury he was grateful for.
Topsail Rd. closed around 1149 Topsail Rd. (Pole Fitness NL) smoking. pic.twitter.com/I5YUx5gYOF
Fire closed road Topsail
Regional fire station Sv. Ivana appeared on the scene just after 9:30 am on Wednesday at the Topsail basin store.
The traffic is closed for about an hour on all four strips of Topsail Road. Some firefighters withdrew and went around 10:30 am, while Newfoundland Power and Royal Newfoundland Police remained on the scene.
Attempts to collect donations to the association began before the fire department left the warehouse.
Seamus O. Reagan Regan said his staff would raise donations at his nearby office at Topsail Road as the building was shut down.
The morning fire at the Community Food Sharing Association is a devastating news. In response, my office in Topsail 689 will collect and store unprofitable foods until a new space is found.
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Walters said it was destroyed by fire, but said that a long road to recovery had already begun.
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