Fort McMurray Food Bank Loses $200,000 Of Food After Warehouse Fire

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The Wood Buffalo Food Bank was hit with another devastating blow this week after a fire forced the northern Alberta organization to throw out much of its donated food.

On Sunday, firefighters responded to a fire at one of the food bank's warehouses in downtown Fort McMurray. Nobody was hurt, and it was quickly extinguished.

"We are once again forced to discard smoke damaged food items, food storage containers, diapers, toilet paper, and other goods," the group wrote in a Facebook statement, citing significant smoke damage.

The damages were estimated at approximately $200,000, CBC News reported.

wood buffalo food bankVolunteers at the Wood Buffalo Food Bank unload food from a truck in July. (Photo: Facebook)

The food bank has been overwhelmed with demand since a wildfire swept through the region in May. At the time, over 50,000 food items had to be destroyed due to smoke damage from that disaster, according to the Edmonton Journal.

In June and July, the organization handed out nearly 5,000 hampers of food.

Police are investigating the cause of Sunday's fire.

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