Massive fire ravages Ontario cheese factory

A massive fire has ravaged the famed St. Albert Cheese Factory in the village of St. Albert, near...

A massive fire has ravaged the famed St. Albert Cheese Factory in the village of St. Albert, near Casselman and east of Ottawa. Flames broke out just before 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and fire departments from across the region have been called in to battle the flames. These Twitter images are via @hockeydad15, @pumpembrun @DM4C88 and others.

Tony Spears, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:44 PM ET

OTTAWA - Fire razed an Eastern Ontario icon Sunday and it wasn’t known if the venerable St. Albert Cheese Co-Operative would rise from the ashes.

About 100 employees of the St. Albert co-op were left jobless by the raging blaze, which broke out at about 9:45 a.m.

“Terrible news,” The Nation Mayor Francois St. Amour said. “What happens to these people?”

Founded in 1894, the co-op is owned by 50 producers, the company’s website says.

The cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately known, but it destroyed a multimillion-dollar addition and the factory itself, along with $3-million worth of cheese.

“The effect’s coming for the next year or two,” St. Amour said. “It’s going to be major for a small village."

The fire was under control Sunday afternoon, but firefighters remained at the scene.


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