By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com
The lobster pound in Belliveau’s Cove has burned to the ground.
Firefighters from seven departments responded to the fire at La Pointe Seafoods which started sometime before 8:30 p.m.
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A portion of a wall that can barely be seen through the smoke continues to burn.
By 11:15 p.m., most of the old building was gone but firefighters were still chasing hot spots and protecting nearby houses and other structures.
With the temperatures at minus 3 C and a windchill of minus 11 at the time of the fire, firefighters were also contending with the ice that covered everything at the scene.
Hubert Belliveau lives about 20 feet from the pound.
If the wind had been from the west instead of the north, he says, his house and his neighbour’s house might have gone too.
Belliveau was in his living room about 7:30 p.m. when a neighbour who lives across the road told them the lobster pound was on fire.
Belliveau said the building used to be an old box factory and he assumed because of its age and construction style, the building went up fast.
Marlene Belliveau, who lives 500 metres up the road from the lobster pound near the Roadside Grill, said she could see the flames over the trees and houses about 8:30 p.m.
A new building in back of the lobster pound was not involved and firefighters kept it covered with water.
Several local residents said the pound contained lobster from the lobster season which began here only last week.
St. Bernard, Weymouth, Southville, Havelock, Little Brook, Digby and Meteghan fire departments responded to the fire.
Highway 1 was closed at both ends of Belliveau's Cove while the firefighters worked.
An excavator has been called in to help firefighters mop up hot spots.