‘It’s a tremendous hit, especially around Christmas,’ says the report.
The Atlantic Aqua Farms building in Orwell Cove, P.E.I., has been damaged by fire. There were no accidents or injuries.
Belfast, Cross Roads, and Vernon River fire departments responded, with assistance from Charlottetown Fire, Island EMS, and the RCMP, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.
‘The inquiry is ongoing and is likely to take a few days,’ according to the statement.
Atlantic Aqua Farms sells mussels, oysters, and clams from Prince Edward Island all around North America.
At 10 a.m., Donald MacRae, the proprietor of a trucking and backhoe company, was summoned to bring some excavators.
“A lot of fire departments are here,” MacRae added. “I also brought some heavy machinery to assist with the firefighting.”
When MacRae arrived, the building had been vacated.
When he first saw it, he felt there was a small possibility it might be preserved, he said.
“By that time, it was pretty much engulfed,” he claimed. “Everyone had left, and the structure was beginning to crumble.” It was quite quickly consumed by the fire.”
As of mid-afternoon, the fire was still a worry, according to MacRae.
He explained, “Right now, we’re just getting a couple of hot areas here that are still burning very well.”
The community’s loss
According to MacRae, the community has suffered a significant loss.
“Around a hundred individuals will lose their jobs,” he said. “And I mean, it’s an awful time for anyone to be unemployed at this time of year.”
He hopes that the workers who have lost their employment will be able to find new jobs.
To obtain a better view of the fire, people gathered on a nearby road. Kyle Parlee, who has worked with the company for five years, was one of them.
On Saturday, Parlee did not work at the shellfish facility. He expressed relief that no one was injured.
“”Everyone is safe,” he stated, adding, “I believe there were approximately 12 individuals in today.” I’m simply thankful that the people I work with are safe and at home with their families.”
Losing a job couldn’t have happened at a worse moment, according to Parlee.
“It’s always a tremendous hit, especially around the holidays. Everything is starting to get hectic. Money is scarce, “he stated
The building’s fire was put out shortly before 5 p.m. Brush Wharf Road in Orwell Cove has been reopened by the RCMP.
The scene will be checked later this evening and overnight, according to Public Safety.