Police make arrest in Pictou arson cases

PICTOU – RCMP have charged a New Brunswick man with arson after three suspicious fire in Pictou. The 55-year-old accused arrest was arrested on April 15, was briefly held in police custody and released on April 16 The fires occurred over a three-week period and damaged three businesses. The first fire occurred just before 10...

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RCMP investigating suspicious fire

The first at the Hector Quay in Pictou is being investigated by Pictou District RCMP. On April 5, at 7:55 p.m., a member of Pictou District RCMP was on patrol and found a structure fire at the Quay site on Caladh Avenue. Pictou Fire Department was immediately contacted and attended the scene to extinguish the fire.  The fire...

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Fire at Quay

A fire last night a building on the Hector Heritage Quay site makes the second fire at a downtown waterfront building in a few weeks. The fire department received the call shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. Auto aid came from Stations 1, 15 and 23. (Abercrombie, Scotsburn and Caribou) and mutual aid from Station 33...

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Fire razes waterfront building

It was the unmistakable sound of “pop,” “pop,” “pop,” that drew a Pictou resident to her window last Thursday night. The noise broke through Paula Beer-Eligh’s reading on the otherwise calm and quiet evening just shy of 10 p.m. “I went to the window and saw a large billow of smoke heading south to north,”...

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Fire destroys building on Pictou waterfront

A fire last night that destroyed a building on the waterfront in Pictou that housed a laundromat and an Enviro-Depot recycling business also prompted evacuation of a nearby seniors apartment complex. At least 19 adults were temporarily evacuated from the Coleraine Plaza seniors building over safety concerns including heavy smoke from the nearby blaze and...

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House fire displaces three

WEST BRANCH – Three people have been displaced by a fire that destroyed their house and belongings Friday in this rural community, about 40 kilometres west of New Glasgow. The couple and a teenaged daughter are being assisted by the Pictou County team of Canadian Red Cross volunteers with emergency lodging, food and clothing purchases...

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Fire displaces senior

RIVER JOHN – An elderly man is fortunate a nephew drove by his house late Sunday and noticed flames shooting from the roof of his house along a rural road a few kilometres northwest of River John.  He helped his uncle safely escape the burning two-storey structure. The man in his 80s is staying with...

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Fire destroys century-old house

STELLARTON – Two people were displaced by a weekend fire that destroyed a 120-year-old house in Stellarton. An elderly man  and his adult son are staying with a friend for now and have been helped by Canadian Red Cross volunteers with emergency purchases like clothing and food. Both were briefly away from the house on...

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Arson cause of Sunday fire

New Glasgow Regional Police is investigating an arson. Early morning on January 5 at approximately 7 a.m., New Glasgow Fire Department and New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a three-unit apartment building on Stewart Street.  The fire was was located in the rear of the apartment building, where only one apartment was occupied with two...

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The day our house burned

1965 was a long cold winter with lots of heavy ice building up in the Northumberland Strait. The strait was still white with ice by the end of April. My father had hired 16 year old Dennis Slaunwhite from Pictou to fish lobsters with him that year. The Dept. of Fisheries put the word out...

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