Water­ville du­plex ex­ten­sively dam­aged in evening fire

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUN­TYNEWS.CA

Flames could be seen vent­ing through the roof of a du­plex as fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene of a struc­ture fire on Thomp­son Road Nov. 22.

The blaze, re­ported around 8:45 p.m., forced the evac­u­a­tion of both units in the build­ing lo­cated in the 900 block of the res­i­den­tial road­way in Water­ville.

“There were four peo­ple liv­ing on one side and three on the other. The fam­ily of four, paramedics did see them at the scene and trans­ported them to hos­pi­tal for fur­ther as­sess­ment,” said Water­ville & District Fire De­part­ment spokesper­son Kevin Ernest.

The fire was mostly con­tained to one unit but smoke flowed through­out the struc­ture, Ernest said. Fire de­part­ments from Ber­wick and Kentville pro­vided mu­tual aid.

“It was nearly mid­night by the time we packed up,” said Ernest.

“It’s ex­ten­sively dam­aged. The roof on the north­side is gone.”

Fire­fight­ers con­tended with the ex­treme heat from the fully in­volved struc­ture fire and the con­trast­ing sub-zero weather that led to slip­pery road con­di­tions. “When­ever it’s freez­ing cold like it was… and you’re deal­ing with wa­ter, you’ve got to keep it mov­ing or it will freeze but it cer­tainly didn’t ham­per any­thing that we were do­ing,” said Ernest.

The cause of the fire was deemed to be ac­ci­den­tal in na­ture.

“We don’t an­tic­i­pate any fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Ernest.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a blaze that broke out in this du­plex on Thomp­son Road in Water­ville Nov. 22.

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