The Cape Bald Packers lobster-processing plant in Cap-Pelé is a total loss said the village fire chief, Ronald Cormier. (Facebook/Village de Cap-Pelé)

N.B. fish plant destroyed by fire leaves heartbreak in its wake

The Acadian fishing village of Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick has long lived on the edge, drawing its economic lifeblood from fish its residents pull from the sea and process for market.

Mid-way through Sunday morning, every working class town’s night nightmare occurred.

The Cape Bald Packers fish-packing plant burnt to the ground, taking with it 500 jobs.

Seven fire departments responded the fire at the Cape Bald Packers lobster processing plant in Cap-Pelé Sunday morning.
(Ian Bonnell/Radio Canada)

Seven fire departments fought that blaze, which broke out around 10.30.

To no avail.

“Everything is gone,” the village’s fire chief, Ronald Cormier, told Radio Canada.

“We couldn’t control the fire. There was too much flame and too much black smoke.”

Because it was Sunday, no workers–many of whom come from nearby communities–were in the building.

Cap-Pelé Serge Léger: “I looked behind our place and saw the smoke and it broke my heart.” (Gabriel Garon/Radio Canada)

“It’s a vicious fire,” Serge Léger, the mayor of Cap-Pelé, which has a population of about 2,500, told Radio Canada.

“I looked behind our place and saw the smoke and it broke my heart.”

Earlier this month, a fire destroyed a Cape Bald Packers lobster-packing plant in nearby Richibucto Village, N.B.

It is unclear if the Cap-Pelé facility will be rebuilt.

With files from CBC, Radio Canada, Global

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