Cot­tage burns to the ground in overnight fire at Ayles­ford Lake

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA AYLES­FORD LAKE, N.S. Ash­ley.Thomp­[email protected]

A sea­sonal cabin is dam­aged be­yond re­pair fol­low­ing an overnight fire.

The struc­ture fire, lo­cated along the 1,100 block of North River Road, was called in by a passerby at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 25, said chief Brian Des­lo­ges of the Kentville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

The call came in 30 min­utes af­ter Ayles­ford’s fire depart­ment was dis- patched to in­ves­ti­gate a smoke con­di­tion in the nearby Lake Ge­orge area at about 3 a.m., Des­lo­ges said.

“They ar­rived there first and what they found was a cot­tage, ap­prox­i­mately 25 by 40 feet, sig­nif­i­cantly burnt … the build­ing was ab­so­lutely a com­plete loss.”

Ayles­ford’s fire­fight­ers be­gan the ini­tial at­tack and Kentville’s crews as­sisted with the over­haul, Des­lo­ges said.

“What made the big dif­fer­ence was the fact that Ayles­ford was so close, or­di­nar­ily they wouldn’t be – they’d be as far away as we are.”

The cot­tage was not oc­cu­pied when the fire broke out, and there were no in­juries as a re­sult of the blaze that brought the struc­ture to the ground.

The cause is undetermined but not be­lieved to be sus­pi­cious.

“There was snow on the ground and ab­so­lutely no foot­prints,” said Des­lo­ges.

“The Ayles­ford fire chief ar­rived first and the snow was com­pletely un­touched – no marks, no tracks.”

Fire de­part­ments in New Mi­nas and Water­ville were ini­tially paged to the scene as part of the au­to­matic aid pro­to­col in place, but Des­lo­ges said “part way through the re­sponse” it was de­ter­mined re­sources from Kentville and Ayles­ford would be suf­fi­cient.

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