New Brunswick

Fire hits Forage Institute in Fredericton Junction

A fire tore through a farm research facility in Fredericton Junction, N.B., on Saturday, gutting its main building.
The Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute suffered damage to the main building's attic in a fire Saturday. (Google Streetview)

A fire tore through a farm research facility in Fredericton Junction, N.B., on Saturday, gutting its main building.

About 40 firefighters from five departments were called to the fire at the Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute Saturday at 11 a.m. Fredericton Junction is about 35 kilometres south of Fredericton.

The research facility and working farm was created by dairy producers in the region.

Oromocto fire chief Jody Price said the blaze started in the walls of the institute's main headquarters and quickly spread to the attic. 

"It was a very substantial fire damage to the structure. Although the structure, if you drive by it, has a roof on it, the entire attic is completely destroyed," he said. "I would imagine the entire building would be a total loss."

Firefighters were concerned the fire would spread to the main dairy farm containing about 100 cows, as well as to an attached research laboratory, where chemicals were stored.

Firefighters contained the fire in the main building. A hazardous materials response team moved out some of the more dangerous items in the lab.

No one was injured and none of the cows were hurt.

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