‘Just a shell’

Cold­brook home po­ten­tially a ‘com­plete loss’ af­ter fire

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ASHLEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ashley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

A Har­ring­ton Road home has been re­duced to a shell of what it once was fol­low­ing a fire that broke out at about 10 a.m. Feb. 26.

“It had an ad­vance­ment on us. I was the first ar­riv­ing here within a cou­ple min­utes of the call and it was al­ready go­ing through the roof,” said Jeff Martin, a deputy chief with the Kentville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

Kentville took com­mand at the scene, and neigh­bour­ing de­part­ments from Water­ville and New Minas of­fered sup­port through the au­to­matic aid agree­ment in place for struc­ture fires.

There were no oc­cu­pants in the home when fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene, al­low­ing the re­spond­ing crews to fo­cus on at­tack­ing the flames that had quickly spread through the split-level house. A fire­fighter con­firmed that a cat lo­cated in the base­ment was taken to a vet, and seemed to be do­ing fine.

Thick smoke, at times dark, could be seen bil­low­ing from the home from High­way 101 and nearby com­mu­ni­ties while fire­fight­ers doused the flames. An aerial truck was called in to tar­get the flames that broke through the roof.

“One hun­dred per cent of the home is im­pacted. What you can see here is just a shell,” said Martin.

“I would say it’s go­ing to be a com­plete loss.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the fire is on­go­ing.

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