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Frequency of fires in south end Halifax a cause for concern for Halifax Fire

There's no evidence to suggest a spate of fires in Halifax's south end are connected, but the frequency of those fires is a concern for Halifax Fire
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A Halifax Fire vehicle (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

There's no evidence to suggest a spate of fires in Halifax's south end are connected, but the frequency of those fires is a concern. 

That's according to an official with Halifax Fire, who's speaking out after at least 11 fires have happened in the area of Inglis, Victoria and Queen over the last two years. 

Halifax Fire Prevention Chief Matt Covey is stressing there's no hard evidence to suggest these fires are connected, but there are suspicions. 

Four of the fires have happened at Joseph Howe Manor, an 11 story building on Victoria Rd. Covey says the fires have all occurred in the late afternoon to early evening hours.

Covey said he made a presentation to the fire chief on the issue on Tuesday. 

"I was able to reassure him that we're working closely with Halifax Regional Police and providing them with any information they might need," said Covey. "We also talked about what we can do. We can't ignore the frequency of these fires, so we're looking at inspecting that building, and it has been inspected recently."

Halifax Regional Police are also investigating some of these fires. 

Covey says he's hopeful that people will be vigilant, and he's urging anyone who sees fire, or even smoke, to call 911 right away. 




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