Fire destroys centre of Quebec town

Damage is assessed the day after a huge fire ravages the town of Saint-Donat, Quebec, about 100 km...

Damage is assessed the day after a huge fire ravages the town of Saint-Donat, Quebec, about 100 km north of Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (QMI Agency/MICHEL DESBIENS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

SAINT-DONAT, Que. — Authorities pledged to rebuild the centre of a Quebec town ravaged by a weekend fire.

The blaze destroyed a dozen homes and several shops in Saint-Donat, about 130 km northeast of Montreal.

About 100 firefighters from neighbouring municipalities battled the blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon. No one was injured.

Provincial police are investigating the cause.

"It's a very sad scene for the small community of Saint-Donat, that's been working very hard on economic development," Mayor Richard Benard said Monday.

Just over 4,000 people live in Saint-Donat.

The mayor says the Red Cross is helping those left homeless.

"We started putting things in place to allow those who have lost their homes to be relocated," said Benard. "For merchants, their property was destroyed ... so we'll work with them to allow them to continue to operate," he said.

He said the fire has united the community of Saint-Donat, which he described as "strong and tight-knit."

 


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