Fire rips through apart­ment build­ing

Ten­ants safe af­ter fire rips through Kentville apart­ment build­ing

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - SARA ERICSSON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Sara.ericsson@kingscountynews.ca

Two fire­fight­ers stand atop the aerial lad­der as they spray a mix­ture of water and foam be­low the build­ing’s roof to help smother per­sis­tent hotspots. Kentville fire­fight­ers were called to a fire at a three-storey apart­ment build­ing on Parkview Road in the town on May 22.

No ten­ants or pets were in­jured af­ter a Kentville apart­ment build­ing caught fire May 22.

The Kentville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to an apart­ment fire at 10:18 a.m. that was called in from the 12-unit apart­ment com­plex on Parkview Road in Kentville.

The build­ing sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant dam­age on its up­per floors and left side where the fire was seen burn­ing at its high­est in­ten­sity.

Build­ing ten­ant Sijo Jose, from In­dia, was inside his sec­ond­floor apart­ment watch­ing TV when he sud­denly felt heat and no­ticed a fire had started inside his unit.

His var­i­ous iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates were all inside the unit, he said as he stood out­side and watched as fire­fight­ers worked to ex­tin­guish the blaze.

“It just sud­denly hap­pened – I don’t know how. This just hap­pens some­times, and ev­ery­thing I have is inside there,” he said.

Kentville Fire Chief Ryan Maceach­ern con­firmed all ten­ants ex­ited the build­ing safely be­fore the flames spread. Fire­fight­ers were still work­ing at 10:30 a.m. to search for pets, even­tu­ally find­ing both cats they’d been search­ing for and re­turn­ing them to their own­ers.

“They’re do­ing double searches for pets, and hope­fully they were in apart­ments that weren’t af­fected,” he said.

Fire­fight­ers used axes to break through win­dows to let heat out­side the build­ing. A hose was also used inside to keep water spray­ing onto hotspots as smoke con­tin­ued pour­ing out of the build­ing.

Once the fire was con­tained, two fire­fight­ers stoop atop an aerial lad­der to spray a mix­ture of water and foam onto the build­ing to help smother more hotspots.

Area res­i­dent Robert Wal­lace was one of sev­eral by­standers tak­ing in the scene as fire­fight­ers con­tin­ued work­ing on the fire. Wal­lace, who’s lived on Parkview Road for eight years, said he’d never seen any­thing like this hap­pen be­fore.

“You hear the sirens, and you just hope it’s not your house. It’s nor­mally so quiet here – we don’t hear any­body com­ing or go­ing,” he said.

Mu­tual aid was pro­vided by Wolfville, Can­ning and New Mi­nas fire de­part­ments, and the power com­pany also ar­rived at the scene to cut power to the build­ing.

The fire was con­firmed to be fully ex­tin­guished at 11:41 a.m., and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what caused it is cur­rently un­der­way.

SARA ERICSSON

SARA ERCSSON

All ten­ants es­caped with­out in­jury be­fore a Kentville apart­ment com­plex caught fire on Parkview Road around 10:18 a.m. May 22.

SARA ERICSSON

Sev­eral ten­ants and var­i­ous neig­bours that live in near the apart­ment com­plex, which is lo­cated in a dense res­i­den­tial area, stood along the street and watched as fire­fight­ers worked to ex­tin­guish the fire.

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