Brand destroys New Edinburgh lobster pound days before season opens

Brand has destroyed another lobster pound in Nova Scotia a few days before the lobster season in the area opens on Tuesday.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Marc Rose said the 911 call came in shortly after noon. 22 Thursday that the fishing facility in New Edinburgh, NS, was on fire.

He said the flames could be seen from a “great distance”.

“It was a big, big fire, and they fought the next day, and right now the place is being guarded for further investigation,” Rose said.

The RCMP said firefighters extinguished the fire shortly before 3 a.m. Friday.

The same lobster plant was vandalized in 2020 when hundreds of commercial fishermen and their followers attacked two facilities where Mi’kmaw fishermen kept their catches. A van was destroyed and people were charged.

The owner of the pound was later accused of making false statements to fisheries inspectors and fined $ 20,000 for failing to disclose lobster sales.

Rose said he was unable to say whether Thursday’s fire is suspicious, but it is under investigation.

Amid tensions over First Nations lobster harvest in southwestern Nova Scotia last fall, a lobster pound in the Middle West Pubnico was destroyed in a suspicious fire. A man was arrested and charged nine months later.

On Thursday, police evacuated nearby homes due to the smoke and embers in the air, Rose said. The RCMP said no one was injured in the fire.

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