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 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.
“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