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No one home in morning Membertou blaze

MARY ELLEN MACINTYRE

CAPE BRETON BUREAU

The Chronicle Herald

Fire marshall to investigate

MEMBERTOU — No one was home when an early morning fire in this First Nations community pretty much destroyed a single-storey home.

“We have that to be grateful for — they’d gone away the day before, I guess,” said Brent Denny, deputy fire chief for Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The fire on Kitpu Crescent broke out Wednesday shortly before 6:30 a.m., an unusual time for a fire in a home not occupied.

“Well, it was an odd time for a fire to start,” said Denny.

“Police have put security on the building and I’ve called in the fire marshall’s department to investigate,” he added.

Denny said the blaze was heavy in one of the home’s back rooms when firefighters arrived at the scene.

“There was extensive damage to the home.”

Freezing temperatures made it difficult for firefighters, he said.

“Oh, the cold adds a different dimension because things start to ice up,” Denny added.

“It’s an icy mess but we carry sand on the trucks to spread around before we leave.”

Firefighters in the small northside community of Florence fought a blaze Monday in which an elderly couple died. Denny said such calls can be traumatic for those who respond to them.

“We have help available for firefighters if they need it after attending a fatal fire – it can be hard to deal with,” he said.

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