RCMP still not say­ing much about bod­ies found in Springhill fire

Po­lice await­ing au­topsy re­sults to de­ter­mine how cou­ple died

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RCMP are still not say­ing how two peo­ple found in­side a Springhill home fol­low­ing a fire Tues­day af­ter­noon died.

“I can­not com­ment on that un­til the re­sults of the au­topsy are de­ter­mined,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchin­son said.

As much as peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are spec­u­lat­ing the two suf­fered a vi­o­lent death, Hutchin­son said it’s much too early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to say if foul play is sus­pected or if there any sus­pects.

Cum­ber­land District RCMP were called to the quiet dead-end lane on the out­skirts of Springhill just be­fore 4:30 p.m. on Tues­day af­ter Springhill fire­fight­ers lo­cated the re­mains of two peo­ple in­side the home while ex­tin­guish­ing a fire.

The older two-storey home was lo­cated on Beatons Lane that runs off the Athol Road just west of the for­mer town of Springhill. There are sev­eral homes on the street, but no one wanted to talk to the me­dia fol­low­ing the fire and RCMP had the street blocked off on Wed­nes­day.

The ages, gen­ders and iden­ti­ties of both re­mains can­not be con­firmed at this time.

Hutchin­son said be­cause the fire was deemed sus­pi­cious, and will be un­til proven oth­er­wise, the area around the prop­erty will re­main a crime scene.

“We are look­ing at the cause of the fire,” Hutchin­son said. “We’re try­ing to piece it to­gether. That’s where ma­jor crimes comes in. There’s very lit­tle more we can say at this time.”

The RCMP’s North­east Nova Ma­jor Crimes Unit con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent with as­sis­tance from the Nova Sco­tia Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Ser­vice and the Of­fice of the Fire Mar­shall.

Springhill res­i­dent Doug Wil­liams said the com­mu­nity is a bit on edge fol­low­ing the fire and the dis­cov­ery of the two bod­ies.

Wil­liams, a for­mer Springhill po­lice of­fi­cer, said he was told the cou­ple were from On­tario and had re­cently pur­chased the home, which they were in the process of ren­o­vat­ing.

“There are a lot of ru­mours around the com­mu­nity about what took place and we re­ally haven’t been told any­thing of­fi­cial by the RCMP,” said Wil­liams. “It’s some­thing that’s tough on the com­mu­nity. Even though they weren’t from Springhill it’s still a con­cern here, even if it was a mur­der or a mur­der-sui­cide. No one wants to see some­thing like that hap­pen.”

Wil­liams is also think­ing of the fire­fight­ers who were first to en­ter the home and find the bod­ies as well as the RCMP of­fi­cers who were called to in­ves­ti­gate.

“It’s very hard to deal with. The big­gest thing is hav­ing some­one to talk about af­ter,” Wil­liams said. “I’ve been there and you can say you’re tough, but when you look back it’s some­times hard to deal with.”

Wil­liams, who is one of two Springhill rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Cum­ber­land mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, is also hop­ing RCMP will up­date the com­mu­nity as soon as pos­si­ble to an­swer ques­tions and al­lay any fears peo­ple may have.

DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST NEWS

RCMP are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pi­cious fire on Beatons Lane out­side Springhill on Tues­day. The bod­ies of two peo­ple were found as Springhill fire­fight­ers were ex­tin­guish­ing the fire. Po­lice are not say­ing how the vic­tims died or if foul play...

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