Top French smokehouse destroyed by fire

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French smokehouse France Saumon was damaged severely by fire overnight between Sunday to Monday, in the town of Choisy-le-Roi, close to Paris, reports Le Parisien.

The fire broke out around midnight in the 1000 m² building divided into three warehouses at Robert-Peary Street. It started in the France Saumon smokehouse, a company known in France as ‘the king of white salmon’.

When the firefighters arrived on site, the smokehouse was already well alight and all the firemen could do was prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings. In total, some 50 firefighters were on duty. The fire was brought under control around 7 a.m.on Monday.

“The entire warehouse is fire-damaged,” said a source close to the investigation.

The artisanal smokehouse was founded in 1926 in the city of Montreuil. The company moved to the Choisy-le-Roy industrial area in 2009. France Saumon specializes in organic salmon. Originally from Poland, the company imports its wild-bred products from the Baltic Sea and supplies high-class restaurants, fine grocery stores and organic shops in France.