A structure in an industrial park just outside of Fredericton, N.B., is completely destroyed after it was engulfed in flames on Saturday afternoon.

The Fredericton Fire Department was called to a scene in Hanwell around 12:40 p.m.

Fredericton Platoon Captain Mike Mizner said there were multiple small explosions in the auto repair shop. Flames and heavy black smoke could be seen shooting from the building.

The Fredericton Fire Department said there are no fire hydrants in the area so water shuttles had to be brought in. 

"Folks we need to clear a path to the hydrants #giveusroom," the department tweeted. 

Fire departments from Upper Kingsclear, New Maryland and Oromocto were also called in.

A number of cars and trucks parked outside the facility went up in flames too. A tow truck tried to move them, but they were too hot.

At least three backhoes were brought in to help extinguish the flames, reported the CBC's Matthew Bingley.

A fire investigator was called in.

The buildings are owned by Brian Ludford who said he has no idea what caused the fire.

No one was working at the time, he said.