RCMP Say Arson Suspected In Lobster Pound Fire In Digby County

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:26 AM

RCMP say a fire at a lobster pound in Digby County is suspicious in nature.

On Christmas Day flames destroyed the facility owned by Mi'kmaq band councillor Alex McDonald from central Nova Scotia.

Media relations officers Cpl. Jen Clarke says the fire on Little Paradise Road in St. Bernard was reported at 4:45 a.m. Monday.

"We do consider it to be arson. We have called the Nova Scotia office of the fire marshal to assist in our investigation which is ongoing."

Cpl. Clarke says it has not been determined if the fire was related to a dispute involving Indigenous and Non-Indigenous lobster fishermen.

"That's part of the ongoing investigation and I really can't get into details relating to those questions at this point."

Clarke says it's not know if any lobsters were destroyed.

The fire levelled the pound.

In October, McDonald's lobster boat was towed from the wharf in Comeauville and set on fire in St. Mary's Bay.