BEDFORD, N.S. – Fire investigators have determined that the blaze that caused significant damage to a Bedford home on Sunday morning was an accident.
Halifax Fire said Monday that the fire was caused by smoking materials being placed in a metal garbage can on a wooden deck.
About 20 firefighters responded to the blaze at 76 Three Admirals Way around 10:30 a.m.
When crews arrived, they found flames extended from the patio to the roofline and up into the attic.
“When they got inside, the fire had gotten into the attic and created quite a problem with the roof structure,” said Divisional Chief Bryson Wilson with Halifax Fire.
“The roof started to collapse, so we withdrew our crews from the building and went into a defensive strategy.”
By noon, crews had knocked down the fire and were putting out hot spots.
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“There’s considerable damage —; structural damage —; to the building and water damage,” Wilson said.
“There’s also some damage to the houses that are next door on both exposure that’s on either side of the building.”
No one was injured. The home is listed for sale and neighbours said someone is living there.
Next-door neighbour Jeff Walsh said people knocked on the door when they saw flames, but the woman who answered did not initially want to leave.
“More people came and made her evacuate,” Walsh said.
Meanwhile, those who witnessed the fire described a frightening scene.
“I happened to see the flames shooting out of the roof of this house and it was quite concerning because there is a lot of natural gas in this area,” said Joan Rockwell, who lives a few doors down from the fire.
“Just because of the wind movement this morning, that it might catch on to the next house and move down or cause an explosion or something like that.”
Halifax Regional Police and Halifax Fire investigators were on scene. There is no word yet on a cause.