A fire completely destroyed Cape Bald Packers lobster processing plant.
Fire destroys New Brunswick lobster processing plant
Friday, February 08, 2019, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
A fire completely destroyed a lobster processing plant in in Bedec, near Richibucto Village, eastern New Brunswick, and left around 200 people out of work at this community's largest employer.
Location of the lobster plant that caught fire.
The fire alarm at Cape Bald Packers processing plant went off at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday 7th February.
"I arrived here at 2:20 and you could already see flames coming out of the roof, you could tell it was major," plant manager Louis Arsenault told CBC News.
Plant manager, Louis Arsenault, making statements to the press. (Photo: Tori Weldon / CBC)
The plant employed around 200 people seven days a week during the peak lobster season between May and December, and around 150 people two or three days a week during the off-months.
The company plans to rebuild as quickly as it can, but many employees are wondering when and if they will be back at work.
"This is only a small village and everybody is fishing, so it's really bad," said Patricia Leblanc, a plant worker. "It's like somebody died, we don't have any jobs anymore," she added.
The lobster processing plant was totally destroyed as a result of the fire. (Photo: CBC)
Luckily, there was nobody inside the plant when it caught fire. Fire crews were able to rescue some trucks and forklifts, but the building was completely lost.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.