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Sheet Harbour area home burns to the ground, residents safe

A home in the Sheet Harbour area destroyed by fire last night, the cause remains under investigation
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A Halifax Fire vehicle (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency were called out around seven o'clock last night to a structure fire in the Sheet Harbour area, according to District Chief John Lowe.

He says everyone in the home made it out okay, and is safe. Lowe says when the call came in, they were told the structure was already fully engulfed in flames.

"When we arrived on scene we confirmed that it was one single family dwelling that was fully involved, and it had started to extend to the forested area behind the house," says Lowe. "The dwelling was completely burned to the ground."

Lowe says staff from the Department of Natural Resources joined them in their firefighting efforts.

"They started to work the fire, surrounded the fire with help from Halifax Fire members, and we got the fire surrounded with hose so it's one hundred per cent contained, they were going to be back on scene at daylight to patrol the fire and check for any hot spots," explains Lowe.

He adds the cause remains undetermined at this time, but an investigation is underway into what led up to the blaze.

Lowe says there were no extra challenges to this fire, but because the single family home was not on municipal water they had to bring in tanker trucks. He adds it was a "heavy fire load" and that means it can be a bit tricky to get it cooled down enough to be able to extinguish the fire.


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