Being an older, predominantly wooden structure, its not surprising the entire building is a loss. Additional photos can be found here. What is surprising, bordering on the miraculous even, since I've talk of fire alarms not functioning properly, is that there were absolutely no fatalities or injuries. I snapped a couple of stark photos earlier this evening after work.
Temporary shelters have been set up at a nearby church and school and I know there will be mechanisms put in place to help the 40 or so residents affected by the fire. Apparently, there is already a Facebook page set up for this purpose. Despite media portrayals of Fort McMurray as a rough and tumble boom town, I've seen many times how people here pull together in times of trouble and I know this time will be no different.