'Iconic' Salisbury market destroyed by fire

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The Green Pig Country Market in Salisbury was destroyed by a fire Monday night.

The market 20 kilometres southwest of Moncton is known for its fresh vegetables and corn maze. It’s been a staple for the surrounding areas in southeastern New Brunswick for years.

The fire started Monday evening, and neighbours were able to see the flames from nearby roads.

At around 8 p.m., Salisbury Fire Rescue asked people to stay away from the Fredericton Road.

Fire destroyed the Green Pig on Monday night. (Salisbury Fire Rescue/Facebook)

On Tuesday morning, Salisbury Fire Rescue said crews left the scene at midnight and equipment was back at the barracks at around 1 a.m.

“Last night Salisbury lost an iconic business,” the fire department said in a social media post.

“We were joined by crews from Petitcodiac, Havelock, Elgin, Moncton and Riverview to fight this blaze. Everyone came together and worked flawlessly.”

On Monday, Salisbury Mayor Rob Campbell called the news “a sad situation” and said the market is important to the community.

“It’s huge … it’s an economic backbone for the community,” said Campbell. “They draw in people from all over the region and tourists off the highway.”