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Three Shelburne County homes destroyed by late December fires

SHELBURNE COUNTY, N.S. – Homes in Shelburne, East Jordan and North West Harbour were destroyed by fire in late December, but luckily there were no injuries and all properties were insured.

The first call came Christmas night, when the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a home on 4 Hardy’s Lane. Arriving on the scene, firefighters found one room in the house fully involved and fire spreading to the living room and main part of house, said Chief Darrell Locke. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and then ventilate the house, he said, but the home sustained substantial fire damage in the room where it started, and heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the house. Firefighters were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours, said Locke. The cause of the fire was undetermined as of press time.

The second structure fire call came in around 3 p.m. on Dec. 27 to the Jordan Volunteer Fire Department after a neighbour heard a loud explosion and saw fire going up the outside of the house where the homeowner had two generators hooked up, said Chief Dale Slack.

“When we got there the house was fully engulfed,” he said. “Within 30 minutes the whole thing was gone. With the high winds that day and cold temperatures, it didn’t take very long.”

Assisted by the Shelburne and Lockeport fire departments, Slack said firefighters were on the scene until about 7 that evening, and then back on the scene the following morning at about 5:30 to deal with a flare-up. Chief Slack said following the fire one generator was found intact, while the other was in pieces. “It was obvious that something from that generator caught the side of the house,” he said.

The third structure fire call came in around 11 p.m. on Dec. 28 to the Lockeport Volunteer Fire Department. The West Green Harbour home was “fully involved” when firefighters arrived on the scene, said Chief Wayne Chetwynd.

Firefighters from Little Harbour, Jordan and Shelburne assisted in battling the blaze and were on the scene for about three hours. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

All residents displaced by the house fires had family they could stay with.

On social media there has been efforts underway to collect donations for those who lost everything in the blazes.

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