FALMOUTH, N.S. – A two-storey home along the 200 block of Falmouth Back Road was engulfed in flames around 9 a.m. on Jan. 14.
Firefighters, EHS and RCMP responded to the scene and the fire was knocked down close to 10 a.m.
Luckily nobody was inside at the time and no injuries were reported.
Paul Maynard, deputy chief with the Hantsport Fire Department, said the incident was reported by a passerby who phoned it in.
“When we arrived on scene with our first engine crew, it was fully engulfed,” Maynard said. “We hit it from the house side initially and worked our way inside. There was heavy fire throughout both storeys.”
Firefighters continued to tackle hot spots around 10:45 a.m.
Maynard estimates that they would be on scene for at least a few more hours, with the road to continue to be closed for the time being.
“We did have to contend with some live wires that fell, so we had to keep our crews back,” he said. “Nova Scotia Power got here really quick and got it secured for us.”
Firefighters from Hantsport, Brooklyn, Windsor and Wolfville were on scene, with several other departments assisting through mutual aid.
Most of the challenges related to fighting this fire were weather-related, with freezing temperatures creating difficulties for their equipment.
Maynard said, following an investigation, that the fire was accidental and likely caused by an electrical short.