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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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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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