No in­juries in Kentville apart­ment fire

Ten­ants tem­po­rar­ily dis­placed from the blaze


Fire­fight­ers made short work of an apart­ment fire that has left ten­ants of a River Street build­ing tem­po­rar­ily dis­placed.

Fire crews rushed to the scene of the River Street blaze, which broke out in a five-unit build­ing near the Kentville Po­lice Ser­vice head­quar­ters, at about 5:30 p.m. June 23. Flames were vis­i­ble from the unit as fire­fight­ers fo­cused on pre­vent­ing the blaze from mov­ing into other apart­ments.

“There was no ex­ten­sion into the other units, so it was a pretty quick knock­down and good job from the fire­fight­ers who made en­try,” said Scott Hamil­ton, a deputy chief with the Kentville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

“The fire was con­tained to sin­gle unit and there was heavy dam­age to that unit.”

Mul­ti­ple build­ings were evac­u­ated, in­clud­ing one apart­ment com­plex that now has a sub­stan­tial amount of melted sid­ing on the side fac­ing the apart­ment unit that burned.

“There was a neigh­bour­ing struc­ture that had a lot of heat dam­age to the ex­te­rior of the build­ing. Ten­ants were able to re­turn to that build­ing,” said Hamil­ton.

There were no in­juries, he added.

It is un­known when the ten­ants of the im­pacted build­ing will be cleared to re­turn to their units.

“All of the ten­ants have been dis­placed at this time,” said Hamil­ton.

The scene was cleared at about 8:30 p.m., with in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­riv­ing the fol­low­ing day to look into the cause.

Fire de­part­ments from New Mi­nas and Green­wich of­fered mu­tual aid as­sis­tance in re­sponse to the struc­ture fire. The Kentville Po­lice Ser­vice also helped out at the scene.


Fire­fight­ers were able to pre­vent a blaze that broke out in an apart­ment on River Street in Kentville June 23 from spread­ing to other units and nearby build­ings, in­clud­ing one that was close enough to sus­tain heat dam­age in the form of melted sid­ing.

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