2018-07-18

Fire displaces tenants of Bridgewater home

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Volunteer firefighters work to extinguish a York Street structure fire July 15.</p>
  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Firefighters work the July 15 house fire incident.</p>
  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Volunteer firefighters, including one carrying a live feline, exit the York Street home after working the July 15 scene from the inside.</p>

Investigators are working to find out what caused a fire that wrecked a Bridgewater home that resulted in its tenants being displaced.

The blaze started inside the two-storey York Street structure, Bridgewater Fire Chief Michael Nauss confirmed to LighthouseNOW, but he was saying little else about the incident while it is the subject of a detailed examination that includes the help of the municipal police.

The fire "appears to have started downstairs and moved up the exterior part of the wall to the upstairs" at which point firefighters knocked down the flames, Nauss indicated.

The Canadian Red Cross, a humanitarian and emergency social services charity, said in a statement that the wood-frame house divided into two apartments was extensively damaged in the July 15 fire. Five tenants were displaced, the organization said. There were no injuries.

Red Cross volunteers "have arranged emergency lodging, food, clothing purchases and other support for a couple and teenage boy from one apartment, and clothing purchases for a young couple from the other unit who will stay for now with relatives in the community."

The Bridgewater volunteer fire department was dispatched to the incident around 4:30 p.m.. and summoned assistance from the neighbouring Hebbville department which provided additional manpower and trucks. Motor vehicle traffic was temporarily restricted on York Street between Phoenix Street and Dominion Street as crews worked the scene.

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