Fire destroys seafood processing plant near Cap-Pelé

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A seafood processing plant near Cap-Pelé, in southeastern New Brunswick, is a “total loss” after a fire broke out Friday afternoon, according to the village’s fire chief.

W.E. Acres Crabmeal Ltd., in Portage, caught fire around 2 p.m., said Ronald Cormier, Cap-Pelé’s fire chief.

He said the fire was still burning as of around 6:15 p.m. but there are only hot spots now. He said six fire departments responded to the scene, and firefighters will remain on site for the next couple of hours. 

Cormier said the cause of the fire is still unknown, but he said it doesn’t appear to be arson.

There was nobody inside the building when the fire started and no one was injured, said Cormier.