New Brunswick

Several fires in Cap-Pelé area overnight; smokehouses burn for third weekend in a row

For the third weekend in a row, a smokehouse has burned down in the province’s southeast.

Crews battled several fires in the region overnight

A smokehouse fire was the largest of several that took place overnight in the southeast of the province. (Jérémie Tessier-Vigneault/Radio-Canada)

Firefighters in the province's southeast have had a busy 12 hours as a number of fires were reported in the Cap-Pelé area Friday night into Saturday morning.

Cap-Pelé Fire Chief Ronald Cormier said his night began at 9 p.m. as the department received a call about a truck fire in Baie Verte, near Port Elgin.

The truck contained bales of hay and was parked near a barn.

Cormier said the truck was a loss, but the department was able to save the barn.

Then around 4 a.m., the department received another call about a small garage fire in Beaubassin-Est.

That fire was quickly extinguished.

But just after 5 a.m. the department received another call for a fire at M&M Cormier Fisheries in Petit-Cap. A smokehouse was on fire.

It marks the third weekend in a row a smokehouse has burned in the province's southeast. Fire destroyed smokehouses at the nearby Botsford Fisheries the previous two weekends.

"I don't know if we got an arsonist somewhere? I don't know? I don't know what's going on," said Cap-Pelé fire chief Ronald Cormier. (Jérémie Tessier-Vigneault/Radio-Canada)

Cormier said four buildings — three smokehouses and a packing facility — were destroyed in the latest fires. A garage near one of the smokehouses also caught fire but was extinguished.

He said he's not sure what to think about the rash of fires in the past three weeks.

"I don't know if we got an arsonist somewhere? I don't know? I don't know what's going on," said Cormier.

"People are getting scared right now. You never know. They're close to the smokehouse. Their house could burn."


  • A previous story said this weekend's fire took place at the same fish plant as the previous two fires. It actually took place at another fish plant.
    Aug 28, 2021 12:28 PM AT

With files from Blair Sanderson