4,000 square metres of oysters and equipment went up in smoke in Marseillan, Hérault on Sunday, reported France 3.
Only two days after the oyster ban was lifted, the contents of a warehouse were destroyed. A little snow and some crates of charred wood was all that was left on Sunday morning after all the refrigerated storage was destroyed.
The building is weakened, and firefighters are concerned that it might collapse.
The fire broke out at 4am, and early morning oyster farmers sounded the alert.
25 firefighters took two hours to put out the fire, and they weren’t able to save any of the stock.
The fire is a disaster for the oyster farmer, as all his Christmas stock has gone up in smoke. About twenty employees are now unemployed.
The cause of the fire is unknown.