LOCKHARTVILLE, N.S. – Nobody was injured in a blaze that destroyed a home in Lockhartville in the early morning hours of Feb. 4.
Paul Maynard, deputy chief with the Hantsport Fire Department, said the neighbour who called 911 to report the fire went in the burning building himself to make sure everybody was out.
“He took a big risk on his own part and kudos to him for doing that,” Maynard said. “Luckily nobody was inside.”
Maynard said the man entered the home and yelled inside to see if anybody was home.
He added that he wouldn’t recommend anybody entering a dangerous situation like that, but said his heart was in the right place.
“I would certainly caution it, but he was brave doing that to make sure nobody was inside.”
The fire, located along the 700 block of Lockhartville Road, took a few hours for firefighters to fully extinguish.
A part of the road was closed down while crews were on scene.
Firefighters from Wolfville, Hantsport, Windsor and Brooklyn were on scene.
Maynard said the fire marshal and RCMP are investigating the cause.
“We found a single-story residence that was heavily involved with fire upon our arrival,” he said.
“We weren’t sure of the occupancy of the structure, so we did an interior search for any occupants, later learning that they had moved.”
Maynard said no firefighters were injured in the blaze.
He added that the building is insured.
“The building had what we call a double roof, so a new roof built over an older one,” he said.
“We had some fire in between the old roof and the new roof, which certainly caused some challenges.”