A massive fire on the Brokenhead First Nation destroyed a town house complex on Friday night.

The fire sent plumes of smoke billowing into the air. It was discovered by RCMP officers patrolling near the housing unit at about 7 p.m.

RCMP say the 28 known residents of the complex got out safely, but several people were treated for smoke inhalation.

There is no word on any other injuries.

RCMP say the town house complex is considered a total loss and they are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

The Brokenhead First Nation is about 65 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

7 families homeless

People on the Brokenhead First Nation are hoping to help seven families in Brokenhead after a fire left them homeless.

The victims have been offered counseling and are staying at the South Beach Casino and Resort until new housing is found.

George Bear, a volunteer fire fighter, said the loss is being felt throughout the community.

"The looks on their faces when they come around today and see the devastation, it's a lot of hurt," Bear said. "They lost everything."     

Brokenhead First Nation Chief Jim Bear is asking for donations to help the families.

"The families are taking it well," he said. "They are very cooperative and they are trying to assist each other as best as possible." 

Chief Bear said clothing and monetary donations can be made to the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.