Major fire devastates town centre of St. Donat
A huge fire destroyed part of the downtown business sector of the Lanaudière community of St. Donat late Sunday afternoon.
It broke out in an abandoned supermarket near the corner of Principale and Allard Sts., and ended up wiping out an entire strip mall.
In all, the fire destroyed 12 businesses, and eight homes. Damage estimates are running into the millions.
Firefighters from several neighbouring communities including Mont-Tremblant and Sainte-Agathe were called to help extinguish the blaze.
Investigators have now begun the work of finding out what started the blaze. Police aren't ruling out arson.
To donate to relief efforts, phone 819-424-2383 ext 0, or visit www.saint-donat.ca.
Photos: Daniel Asselin, Tina Tenneriello