UPDATE, 4:30 PM: A pot-luck dinner will be held at the Arlington on Friday, January 25th. It will start at 6:30 PM.

After the dinner there will be an opic mic night for entertainment.

There will also be a donation jar there for anyone that wants to donate cash or gift cards.

A house has burned down in Maynooth and the Mayor of Hastings Hastings is asking for residents’ help.

The house was across from the Maynooth Community Centre. The fire began this morning with firefighters working since 9:30 AM to put it out. Mayor of Hastings Highlands Vic Bodnar says that the fire is “basically extinguished at this point.”

Bodnar tells My Bancroft Now that the mother and her daughter were able to get out the home without injury. He added that they weren’t able to save anything from the home.

Bodnar is now calling on residents to donate food, cash or gift cards to help the family who is now staying with their neighbour. You can drop off donations at the Sunrun Cafe or the Hastings Highlands Municipal Office, both of which are in Maynooth.

“The people in this town are amazing,” Bodnar said when talking about the residents that have already donated to help the family out. “Everybody is helping out and it’s amazing to see,” he continued.