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

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

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 Richard 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.

Jérémie Tessier-Vigneault/Radio-Canada
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."

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