Nova Scotia

Arichat fish plant fire investigation continues

The burned rubble of a fish plant in Arichat is finally cool enough for fire investigators to walk through.

Cape Breton Premium Seafoods plant was destroyed early Friday

No one was hurt. It appears the plant was empty. (Courtesy Donald MacLellan)

The burned rubble of a fish plant in Arichat, in Cape Breton, is finally cool enough for fire investigators to walk through.

The fire at Premium Seafoods broke out late Thursday night. It levelled the groundfish facility, which employs between 60 and 70 people. No one was hurt.

By Sunday, the hot spots were out and investigators were able to sift through the rubble.

RCMP Const. Jake Foran said the investigation will take time because of the size of the area.

"It's not a small residential fire. They take quite a bit more time than normal in order to preserve the evidence and do the job correctly and be very careful with it. Otherwise, we might be compromising any sort of evidence, and that's not a risk that we're willing to take," he said.

An excavator has been brought in to help investigators move large chunks of debris.

Meanwhile, RCMP continue to interview witnesses in the community.

The video below was shot by Donald MacLellan early Friday as the fire raged.

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