Nova Scotia

La Pointe Seafoods in Belliveaus Cove destroyed by fire

A weekend fire has destroyed La Pointe Seafoods, a lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Lobster plant had more than 4,500 kilograms of lobster in building at time of fire

Burned rubble and ashes are all that remain after a fire at La Pointe Seafoods in Belliveau’s Cove. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

A weekend fire has destroyed La Pointe Seafoods, a lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Pierre Boissonnault, the president of La Pointe Seafoods Inc. in Belliveaus Cove, said there were more than 4,500 kilograms of lobster in the building at the time of the fire — all of it destroyed.

He said he noticed smoke coming from the building at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

""I was just leaving the office to go somewhere else and that's when I noticed, inside my warehouse, that there was a smell of smoke," he told CBC News on Monday.

"As a result I walked around the building and found that the fire somehow started from underneath the floor."

Boissonnault​ said the company is insured but the fire is still a devastating blow to the community, especially with the lucrative lobster season beginning just a week and a half ago on Nov. 30.

The company has been building a new lobster storage facility next to the one that burned. Now, the process of getting the new facility completed is ramping up. 

Boissonnault said a generator is on the way from New Brunswick and once it is in place, the new building will be able to house some of the incoming product.

There were more than 4,500 kilograms of lobster in the building at the time of the fire. (Courtesy Russell Belliveau)

"We are a small fishing village but we have some great people here and they have offered me some great help and I thank them very much for their concern," he said.

Cecile Belliveau, who lives next door to the plant, called for help after seeing the flames.

"I called 911 but somebody had already called. So by then, a matter of a few minutes, the fire departments were here. But it burned pretty quickly because it was — probably because it was old and it was windy. It was quite a big fire. They had an excavator take the whole building down because it would have burned all night," she said.

"It was quite close. If the wind had been blowing the other way, it would have burned down our house."

Six fire departments — from Digby to Meteghan — battled the fire.

Crews left the scene around 3 a.m. Monday morning.