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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Fire destroys mini home in Hopewell

NEW GLASGOW – A Pictou County man was displaced by a fire early today that destroyed his mini-home in Hopewella.  He’s staying with a relative for now and has been helped by Canadian Red Cross volunteers with emergency purchases like clothing, food, some other basics and transportation assistance.  He was not injured from the fire,...

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Fire destroys mobile home

NEW GLASGOW – Three people displaced over the Victoria Day long weekend by a fire that destroyed a mobile home are getting some emergency help from the Canadian Red Cross.  The blaze Sunday evening forced out a man and two young children who were assisted today by Red Cross volunteers with emergency lodging, food and...

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Kitchen fire damages house in Westville

WESTVILLE – A local man and his teenaged son escaped unhurt when a kitchen fire on Friday damaged a two-storey house in Westville.  Both were assisted Saturday with emergency lodging, food and other basics by Canadian Red Cross volunteers. The fire on South Main Street was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Friday. ...

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Pictou building razed by fire

PICTOU — A downtown storefront lies in ruins after a fire destroyed it on Monday. Rubble was all that remained of Poppy’s variety store on Water Street on Tuesday from the nearly nine hours of battling the blaze while the store’s owner tried to determine what’s next for him and the business. Pictou resident Kevin...

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Fire rages on

More than four hours later and the fire in downtown Pictou continues to burn. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof at many points throughout the afternoon. The blaze at Poppy’s store – the former Shiretown Discount Emporium – has drawn fire fighters from at least seven other departments in Pictou County. Smoke is...

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Advocate up and running after fire

Firefighters contain outbreak to shipping area PICTOU – Work at the Advocate Printing plant on Brown’s Point Road is getting back to normal this week after a major fire that damaged part of the plant on Sunday afternoon. While the damage could have been worse, those working for and associated with the Advocate are thankful that...

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County pays homage to stricken Syrian family

PICTOU — The local community has reached out to the Syrian family whose seven children perished in a recent house fire in Halifax. Two groups that have sponsored Syrian families whose members are living in Pictou County hosted events in tribute to the Barho family, whose parents survived the blaze last week. Communities Assisting Refugees...

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Fire razes home in Trenton

Trenton Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Monday. Trenton Fire Department, New Glasgow Regional Police and Emergency Health Services with the assistance of Westville Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Main Street Trenton at approximately 9:45 a.m. Main Street Trenton was closed to traffic for several hours. The house was vacant at...

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STELLARTON – Four adults escaped unharmed but lost most belongings in an overnight fire that caused extensively damage including most of the roof collapsing on an older two-storey duplex here. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross have arranged emergency lodging through the weekend plus food, winter clothing purchases and other basics for a woman...

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