A long-standing furniture business in Beresford was destroyed by fire Wednesday night.

The blaze at BrandSource Tremblay Furniture at 964 Rue Principale lit the night sky around 10 p.m.

Fire departments from Beresford, Bathurst and Robertville responded, but much of the building was ablaze by the time they arrived. 

Little remained standing at the scene on Thursday.

Beresford Fire Chief Daniel Duguay says it's too early to know the cause of the fire.

"It might be one day, two days but I know it will be very hard to determine with the state of the building right now," he said.

It took six hours to put the fire out, with 40 firefighters and five pumper trucks involved in fighting it.

Mayor Paul Losier says losing the store is a big blow to the community.

"It was very, very busy and it's a big loss because people sometimes come to this store and after that they do some other shopping in our town," he said.

Losier hopes the store will rebuild in the community.

There is no estimate of the financial loss resulting from the fire.