The minister of fisheries says the provincial government will be there for workers affected by a devastating fire at a fish plant on the Northern Peninsula.
Several regional fire departments were either fighting the blaze or were on standby. The Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Black Duck Cove is a total loss. People heard several explosions from the plant last night and several homes were evacuated.
Minister Gerry Byrne says government will be providing some type of employment assistance for those who are now out of a job. About 65 people rely on the plant for employment.
PC Leader Ches Crosbie says he is saddened by the loss and says immediate action is needed to help affected residents and workers in the area.
A fish plant in Black Duck Cove on the Northern Peninsula has been destroyed by fire.
The Straits Fire Department was called to the scene late Wednesday evening to reports of a fire at the fish plant.
Regional Fire Marshall Hank Diamond posted a caution on Facebook for residents to leave the area immediately, and follow instructions as the situation was deemed “very serious.”
Nearby homes were evacuated as crews worked to subdue the fire. Residents say the evacuation followed a series of explosions.
Photos from the scene being shared on social media show open flame eating through the roof of the facility, and heavy black clouds of smoke filling the air.
According to members of the community, not much remains of the fish plant. Owned by the Quinlan Brothers, the plant began operation in 2017.
VOCM News is tracking the story and will have more information when it becomes available.