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  • Fire Devastates Food Bank Supply, VOCM Cares Accepting Donations in Support

    There were no injuries, but all of the food product stored in the Community Food Sharing Association’s warehouse on Topsail Road has been contaminated by smoke and water following a fire this morning.

    VOCM Cares has launched a food drive during the Irish Newfoundland Show for 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday to help restock shelves and assist those affected by the loss. This Saturday, VOCM will be on location at the Coleman’s Food Centres on Newfoundland Drive in St. John’s and Centennial Street in Mount Pearl collecting donations for the Association.

    Before then, non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at VOCM Studios on 391 Kenmount Road, and monetary donations can be made to VOCM Cares, online.

    Executive Director Eg Walters says the damage is extensive and devastating.

    He says all the food product will have to be destroyed because it’s not fit for human consumption.

    Walters says three tractor trailer loads of food had just recently arrived from Food Sharing Canada. He estimates the loss will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    The exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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    The warehouse on Topsail Road was ablaze for about 20 minutes this morning before firefighters got the upper hand.

    The Food Sharing Association doesn’t yet know the extent of damage. It’s the warehouse which contains all of their product, most of which is boxed and canned.

    Thick, white smoke billowed from the building, which is near Honda One on the south side of Topsail Road. Firefighters closed off the road in both directions, but it has since re-opened.

    Platoon Chief Dean Foley says there were no injuries.

    Eg Walters, the executive director of the association, says the warehouse contained a significant amount of product which would have been shipped to points across the island.

    Walters says they’ll be discussing the matter with their insurance company. He says there was a significant amount of product in the building, and losing it would be a big blow.

    Walters says people need food year-round, not just at special times of the year such as Christmas and Easter.

    St. John’s South-Mount Pearl MP Seamus O’Regan is opening up his constituency office for food storage. It’s located at 689 Topsail Road.

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