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.