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    Mayura Dissanayaka was behind the counter when he noticed his fellow employee return after a run to the bank. An SUV pulled in the parking lot and two men jumped out to grab the bank bag.

    Mayura Dissanayaka was behind the counter when he noticed his fellow employee return after a run to the bank. An SUV pulled in the parking lot and two men jumped out to grab the bank bag.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A fire ripped through a Southeast side food bank overnight. It happened just months before a new one is slated to be built.

The damage at Greater Littletown Food Bank is extensive. The walls are charred and boarded up. What used to be boxes full of goods for the needy are now piles of rubble.

Up to 70 people visit the food bank daily.

Frozen ice cream and fruit bars are among the food that will be thrown out after a fire tore through the Greater Littletown Food Bank.

"It's depressing, upsetting," volunteer Jennifer Martin said. "It's going to impact a lot of people."

The food bank serves the tiny community of Littletown on the Southeast side. It stores enough food to feed a family of four up to an entire year. Four freezers full of meat and desserts and even bagged food like cookies and chips are tainted, volunteers say.

"They didn't hurt us, they hurt those who need this food bank," volunteer Chris Kingston said.

While the fire is under investigation, volunteers believe it was no accident. They tell me arson was the cause of a fire at this food bank four and a half years ago.

For 25 years, this food bank has been helping families and now it's in need of help itself.

The fire comes months before a new food bank facility is slated to be built, with a $150,000 grant from Pima County.

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