Edmundston fire destroys historic building
A fire destroyed two buildings containing businesses and apartments in Edmundston Thursday, including a designated local historic place.
The fire at 124 Rue de L'Église started at about 1 p.m. and burned into the evening, according to Dan Bedell, of the Red Cross.
No was was injured, but seven people have been left temporarily homeless, he said.
A restaurant called Frank's Grillroom was among the businesses destroyed. It was a designated local historic place for being a viable commercial site since 1932 and for its architecture, according to Canada's Histsoric Places website.
The building originally housed the Pharmacie Raymond Breau Ltée.
A used goods store that doubles as a weekend flea market and a laundromat were also destroyed, said Bedell.
Firefighters from several neighbouring communities were called in to assist the Edmundston department, including from across the border in Madawaska, Me., he said.
Five tenants were forced from the burning buildings, while two were evacuated from adjacent structures due to safety concerns and because the electricity was shut off, said Bedell.
Red Cross volunteers have provided emergency lodging, food and clothing for some of the tenants, while others are staying with relatives or friends.
The cause is under investigation.