Sayers Food in Apsley suffers major fire early Saturday morning

Family-owned independent business is only grocery store in Apsley and only full-service grocery store between Lakefield and Bancroft

Sayers Foods in Apsley was engulfed in flames in the early morning of December 5, 2020. (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)
Sayers Foods in Apsley was engulfed in flames in the early morning of December 5, 2020. (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)

It doesn’t seem possible, but 2020 just got even worse.

Sayers Foods, located at 132 Burleigh Street in the village of Apsley in North Kawartha Township, suffered a major fire early Saturday morning (December 5).

Independently owned and operated by the Sayers family, the grocery store is the only one in Apsley, 60 kilometres north of Peterborough.

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As around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning on Facebook, the Sayers family began posting pictures of firefighters with the North Kawartha Fire Department battling flames engulfing the store,

The extent of the damage is not yet known, but based on the photographs it appears the building is damaged beyond repair. No injuries have been reported.

Firefighters with the North Kawartha Fire Department battling flames engulfing Sayers Foods in Apsley in the early morning of December 5, 2020. (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)
Firefighters with the North Kawartha Fire Department battling flames engulfing Sayers Foods in Apsley in the early morning of December 5, 2020. (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)

The loss of the business is devastating for the Sayers family and the store’s employees, as well as Apsley and the surrounding area, especially three weeks before Christmas.

It is the only full-service grocery store between Lakefield and Bancroft, and is also popular with seasonal residents in the area.

Based on photographs of the fire at Sayers Foods in Apsley in the early morning of December 5, 2020, it appears the building is damaged beyond repair.  (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)
Based on photographs of the fire at Sayers Foods in Apsley in the early morning of December 5, 2020, it appears the building is damaged beyond repair. (Photo: Sayers Foods / Facebook)

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