Fire damages Portland, Maine seafood, caviar distributor

Published on
April 17, 2020

Browne Trading Company, a Portland, Maine, U.S.A.-based seafood market and distributor, has been damaged in a fire.

Reports from local media outlets indicate the fire occurred later in the evening on 16 April, and lasted roughly an hour before firefighters could extinguish it. Products stored in the market side of the building were a total loss.

However, efforts of the firefighters managed to keep the fire to the market portion of the building, preventing all but some smoke and water damage to other parts, which includes a specialty smokehouse for smoked salmon, fish, and shellfish. Those efforts manage to save “about [USD 250,000 (EUR 229,744)] worth of caviar,” according to WMTW.

Browne Trading Company was founded in 1991 and is a provider of caviar to the U.S., and is, according to the company’s website, the only company that co-brands with producers of caviar.

The company was on a temporary hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and no one was hurt in the fire.  

Photo by Chris Chase/SeafoodSource

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