‘The roof trusses are burnt right off in it’

Hants County fire­fight­ers bat­tle South Rawdon Road house fire

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Fire­fight­ers from across Hants County were on the scene of a house fire on the South Rawdon Road on Oct. 28.

Rawdon Fire De­part­ment chief Lee Roul­ston said there were no in­juries from the blaze, but the house was a to­tal loss.

“The struc­ture is still stand­ing, but the roof trusses are burnt right off in it,” Roul­ston said.

The chief said there’s no word yet on the cause of the blaze, but the res­i­dents, who had in­sur­ance on the prop­erty, were stay­ing at ac­com­mo­da­tions cour­tesy the Cana­dian Red Cross.

The call came in shortly be­fore 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 28. The fire was knocked down and units were be­ing re­leased by 3 p.m., Roul­ston said. Traf­fic re­opened to the nearby por­tion of South Rawdon Road around that time as well.

“It was a great team ef­fort, ev­ery­one worked to­gether re­ally well, de­part­ments from both East and West Hants,” he said. “It’s re­ally nice to see peo­ple com­ing to­gether and hav­ing things go this smoothly.”

Fire­fight­ers from a num­ber of vol­un­teer de­part­ments re­sponded to the call, in­clud­ing Rawdon, Brook­lyn, Wind­sor, Shube­nacadie, Nine Mile River, Ken­net­cook, Gore, Mount Uni­acke and Hantsport.

Roul­ston said one of the big­gest chal­lenges of this spe­cific scene was that the blaze spread from the main house to one of the out­build­ings, mean­ing fire­fight­ers had to tackle two fires.

As fire rav­aged this home in the 2500 block of the South Rawdon Road, thick black smoke could be spot­ted a few kilo­me­tres away.

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