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UPDATED: Three separate fires August 7 to 10 in Clements area

First two incidents only ten-minute car ride apart, third 3 kms away


Published on August 10, 2017

Another fire happened August 10 only three kilometres from a structure fire reported August 7. This marks the third fire since August 6 in the Clements area.

©Jonathan Riley

CLEMENTSVALE, NS – Three fires have occurred in the last week in the Clements area: two separate structure fires the morning of August 7 and one August 10.

NOTE: Dates of the fires were incorrect in an earlier version of this fire. They have been corrected.

All were total losses.

The first fire engulfed a shed located at 521 Guinea Road in Clementsvale and the second happened at the old Deep Brook General Store at 577 Highway 1 in Deep Brook – around ten minutes driving time apart.

A map showing the approximate distance between all three fires, showing how close in proximity they are to each other.

©Sara Ericsson

The most recent occurred August 10 in the forest along Fraser Road, just three kilometres from the first incident.

Bear River Deputy Fire Chief Dave McCormick confirmed the August 7 fires were called in at 1:50 and 4:50 a.m. respectively.

The third was called in August 10, also at 1:50 a.m.

“These fires were separate in a geographic sense but are all currently being investigated by the RCMP,” he said.

An image from the Deep Brook fire showing the old general store aflame. The fire eventually burned it to the ground. All three incidents are currently active RCMP arson investigations.

©Adrien LeBlanc

Fire departments from Bear River, Smith’s Cove, Annapolis and Digby responded to the first incident and were all joined by the Lawrencetown department, with their Ladder 41 and 3,000 gallon tanker trucks, at the second.

The third fire saw Bear River, Smith’s Cove, Annapolis and Digby fire departments attend again and fight the blaze until 3:55 a.m.

The first two buildings were empty and had not been lived in for many years, with no working electricity or power of any kind.

The fire at the old general store – a building McCormick estimated at 28 feet by 28 feet – grew so large it melted the siding of a house across the street.

A map showing the close proximity - around a ten-minute drive - between the first two fires.

©Sara Ericsson

The fire, which McCormick said is among the biggest he’s seen this year, also melted Eastlink lines.

The third building was a hunting cabin measuring 20 feet by 20 feet. It was also a total loss.

There were no casualties.

After the third fire, McCormick said he and others are feeling wary.

“We had four RCMP cars there. They’re in the same situation we are: this is getting a little dangerous now,” he said.

“This is another suspicious fire, but also another fine example of the work our volunteers do.”