© Kevin Curley – Amherst Daily News
Firefighters sift through the rubble left by a massive fire last Wednesday night at the Enterprise Foundry in Sackville.
SACKVILLE – It is not believed foul play caused the fire on Jan. 18, which destroyed a section of the historic Enterprise Foundry on Lorne St. in Sackville.
The provincial Fire Marshal is continuing to investigate to determine the exact cause of the fire.
Nearby residents said they heard a loud explosion Jan. 18, at around 6:30 p.m. and then went outside to discover flames shooting high into the air above the building.
Along with the Sackville Fire Department, firefighters from the neighbouring communities of Dorchester, Pointe de Bute and River Hebert were called to provide assistance for several hours until the worst was over and the fire was contained.
Sackville firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night and continued to take shifts on Thursday as the fire continued to smolder long after the flames had died down.
The Dominion Foundry Company was founded in 1872.
After suffering a devastating fire in 1908, the plant was rebuilt and up-to-date machinery was brought in.
It is one of the few remaining foundries in the world, and is best known for its cooking stoves. Today the operation also produces furnaces and heaters.