Lobster pound fire update

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By Karla Kelly

A smoldering pile of charred debris was all that remained this morning of La Pointe Seafoods after a structure fire last night destroyed the Belliveau Cove lobster pound.

Local fire firefighters from seven departments responded to the blaze yesterday around 8:30 p.m., and the St. Bernard fire department remained on scene until 1 a.m.

St. Bernard fire chief Daniel Gaudet returned with a fire truck to douse a hotspot this morning.

La Pointe Seafoods owner Pierre Boissonnault said all the lobsters in the holding tank—about 10,000 pounds valued at $40,000—as well a four-wheeler, car and plant equipment were lost in the blaze.

Boissonnault speculated that the cause of the fire was electrical.

A new building under construction for La Pointe Seafoods at the rear of the lobster pound was not harmed by the blaze.

Pound employees were at the pound surveying the damage and cleaning up what they could while they waited for Nova Scotia Power crews to hook up electricity to the new building.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

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