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Seafood Processing Plant Fire Destroys Facility, Injures 2

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W.E. Acres Crabmeal, New Brunswick, Canada, suffered a catastrophic fire on February 3 that destroyed the facility and injured two workers.

Founded in 2000, W.E. Acres Crabmeal Ltd specializes in the production of nitrogenous fertilizers, including fishmeal.

The building owner for W.E. Acres Crabmeal Ltd, Jim LeBlanc, told CTV News Atlantic an explosion in an oil drum caused the fire inside the facility.

LeBlanc said the incident was accidental, but that the plant is a complete loss.

At the time of the fire, four people were working inside but were able to escape. LeBlanc and a coworker suffered minor injuries, however.

"Myself and one of my coworkers were injured, like burnt... first and second-degree burns. We'll heal," he said.

LeBlanc confirmed his coworker was taken to hospital for treatment for second-degree burns.

About seven fire departments responded to the call around 2 p.m., the Cap-Pelé deputy fire chief told CTV News. Crews battled the fire and remained on the scene for several hours to deal with hot spots but have since cleared the scene.

The building is used as a fishmeal plant that produces fertilizer and animal feed.

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