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Canada: Flames destroy beloved Covered Bridge Potato Chip factory in New Brunswick

A massive fire broke out at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip factory in Hartland in Canada’s New Brunswick province on Friday evening, destroying the plant and affecting nearby businesses, according to several media reports.

The fire started around 6 p.m. and was still an active scene as of midnight. Firefighters from several departments, including Hartland, Woodstock, Lakeville and Florenceville-Bristol, battled the blaze for hours but could not save the plant.

The factory was a significant employer in the town, with about 100 workers. It was also a popular tourist attraction, as it offered tours and samples of its potato chips, which were made from locally grown potatoes. The factory was owned by the Albright family, who started the business in 2009 and expanded it over the years.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but some witnesses reported hearing explosions before the flames erupted. The fire is a devastating blow to the community, which expressed its support and sympathy for the Albright family and the workers. Many people also shared their memories and appreciation of the potato chips, which had won several awards and had fans across the country and beyond.

The Albright family issued a statement on social media, thanking the firefighters, the police, the community and their customers for their help and encouragement. They also vowed to rebuild the factory and resume production as soon as possible.

The Covered Bridge Potato Chip factory was one of the largest producers of kettle-cooked potato chips in Canada, with an annual output of about 10 million pounds. The community of Hartland is known for its historic covered bridge, which is the longest in the world and spans the Saint John River.

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