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No one home as late-night fire damages Centreville house

A residential structure fire was called in at a house on Ladyslipper Drive in Centreville at 11 p.m. July 7. No one was injured as a result of the fire. (IAN SWINAMER)
A residential structure fire was called in at a house on Ladyslipper Drive in Centreville at 11 p.m. July 7. No one was injured as a result of the fire. (IAN SWINAMER) - FILE

Homeowners away as their house sustains significant damage

CENTREVILLE – A late night fire July 7 has significantly damaged a house but no one was injured during the fire.

Crews battled the fire from the outside as the fire had already burned through the house’s first floor when they arrived at the scene. (IAN SWINAMER)
Crews battled the fire from the outside as the fire had already burned through the house’s first floor when they arrived at the scene. (IAN SWINAMER)

The home owners of a house on Ladyslipper Drive in Centreville were away as a fire was called in at their home around 11 p.m. Crews from Kentville Volunteer Fire Department responded immediately, followed shortly by mutual aid from New Minas, Canning and Waterville departments.

Kentville Deputy Chief Scott Hamilton said the residential structure fire was heavy by the time they arrived, having already burned through the first floor on the building’s front side.

This meant crews had to fight it from the outside, he said.

“The fire was coming out the windows when we arrived, so it was all exterior attack for the crews,” he said.

With no way to enter the house safely, crews used ground ladders to access the house’s second story to continue fighting the fire.

Crews from Kentville, New Minas, Waterville and Canning responded. (IAN SWINAMER)
Crews from Kentville, New Minas, Waterville and Canning responded. (IAN SWINAMER)

The fight lasted until around 2 a.m. July 8, as crews continued using ladders to quell hotspots. Hamilton said the fire would have been extinguished sooner had crews been able to get at the hotspots on foot inside the building, but they were eventually all put out.

No pets were injured in the fire.

Hamilton was not with crews who returned to the scene today, and could not speak specifically to the level of damage sustained by the house, other than it was “significant.”

He did confirm a fire marshal was on scene July 8, and that the investigation into how the fire start will continue.

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