The fire started in the late afternoon in one of the disused buildings of the former Fougeres shoe factory and quickly spread.
Forty firefighters are currently on site to try to contain the flames. They have already devoured part of the site, 200 square meters of roof collapsed. The offices and the store are destroyed.
This year, JB Martin should have celebrated his 100th birthday. Jean-Baptiste Roussin made his first children’s shoes in 1921.
“We saw black smoke from afar, we approached more, and we understood that it was the factory”, says Nelly Evrard, a former employee of JB Martin and founder of “La Sirène”, small museum of the working and industrial memory of the city. “We saw the factory on fire. It’s frankly sad, we were with a colleague, who spent forty years there like us, we would have cried.”