Several fire departments responded to a house fire in Argyle, Yarmouth County on Aug. 7 but the single-storey structure, located on Sunset Lane, could not be saved.
The fire departments included West Pubnico, Eel Brook, East Pubnico and Woods Harbour. Lake Vaughan was also paged.
The call came in around 7 p.m. on the evening of Aug. 7 and firefighters had to return to the scene around 4 a.m. on Aug. 8 to deal with a flare up.
Asked if it was known how the fire had started, West Pubnico fire chief Gordon Amiro said what they observed seemed to suggest the origin could have been around the patio.
“What we saw or could figure out, the way the house was burnt it looked to me like there was a barbecue on the patio and for us, it looks like that’s where it started, from the barbecue, or the patio, anyway,” he said.
He said there was an injury at the scene. A man who was at home at the time of the fire sustained burns to his hands and injured his shoulder. Amiro said he was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Amiro said it was a difficult blaze to battle.
“We left there about 12:30 and we had to go back at 4 a.m. to deal with a flare up,” he said, noting firefighters were on the scene for several hours again. Amiro said they brought an excavator to the scene early Thursday morning.
“We hauled the house down and moved all of the stuff and we doused it,” he said.
Smoke from the fire on Wednesday evening could be seen from quite a distance away as it blackened the horizon.
“The house had vinyl siding and asphalt shingles and it makes a lot of smoke,” Amiro said.