A former pig barn was destroyed by a fire just north of Woodstock in western New Brunswick, early on Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m. on Watson Settlement Road in Belleville,15 kilometres north of Woodstock, and took firefighters about four hours to extinguish. 

Ricky Nicholson, fire chief with the Woodstock Fire Department, said the barn was about 120 metres by 40 metres in size and vacant at the time of the fire.

"It [barn] was a wood frame construction with a metal roof," he said.

"It was a total loss."

There was a total of 18 firefighters on scene. Firefighters from Debec and Houlton, Maine, were on scene. Members of energy and resources development were also on scene to monitor the blaze.

"With the dry weather we're having today … I wanted to ensure that we were doing all the precautionary measures so the fire wouldn't advance into the woods," said Nicholson.

There were no injuries while firefighters were battling the blaze. 

Firefighters will be on scene again Tuesday morning to investigate the cause of the fire.