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Future of New Brunswick potato chip factory uncertain after devastating fire – New Brunswick [Video]

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The future of the Covered Bridge Potato Chips factory in Hartland, N.B., remains unclear, three days after the building was destroyed by fire.

The blaze broke out Friday evening, with heavy smoke and flames that filled the air across the Trans-Canada Highway.

Shayon Siriwardhana, a supervisor who was running a shift when the fire started, told Global News the fire began as an “incident in the fryer room that escalated to a big fire.” 

The factory employed about 100 people. Now, the community is wondering what will become of the major employer and the tourists the factory helped attract.

“It’s going to have a far-reaching impact.” said Hartland Deputy Mayor Stewart Fairgrieve.

“In a small community like Hartland, everyone wants to rally around and support the people that were employed here, as well as the family that own the building.”

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The company has not publicly said what its plans are now, but the deputy mayor says he knows …

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