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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‘Suspicious’ fire damages Quay building

EDITOR’S NOTE: As of Tuesday afternoon, Pictou RCMP indicated it was investigating this fire as suspicious) Laurie MacDonald’s heart was in his throat Sunday night when he heard about the fire at the Hector Quay. “My first thought was, I hope it’s not as bad as the fire two weeks ago,” he said. The chairman...

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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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Water conservation order for Pictou

The Town of Pictou has issued a water conservation order to address current shortages within the town’s water distribution system. The order gives the town the ability to ensure conservation measures are observed and enforced where necessary. A press release issued by the town indicates that within the past few days, the town’s Public Works...

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Low water levels concern Pictou fire chief

PICTOU – The town’s fire chief is concerned that low water levels leave the town’s fire department in a water crisis. Paul Janes acknowledged that the department has asked other departments for portatankers in case they need water pumped into them at a fire scene. “We reached out to Scotsburn and Caribou District (fire departments)...

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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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Truck fire

No one was hurt when fire destroyed a pickup truck late Monday morning. Jimmy Wright owns the truck that was parked in front of his garage. He was intending to back it into his garage to change a light bulb but he smelled something and coasted the vehicle away from the garage when it caught...

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Fire destroys mobile home

CENTRAL CARIBOU – A fire destroyed a mobile home along the Central Caribou Road this (Thursday) morning. The dwelling’s occupants got out safely while the Caribou District Fire Department and four other departments were at the scene. Caribou District responded at 9:35 a.m., Chief Robert Weaver said. Pictou District RCMP responded at about 9:45 a.m....

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Fire destroys shed

Members of the Pictou Fire Department remained for about an hour over noon hour on Thursday to put out hot spots from a fire that destroyed a shed at a residence at 203 Brown’s Point Road. The fire spewed considerable black smoke near Highway 106 before the nearly 20 fire fighters arrived at about 12:30...

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Landscape light catches fire

PICTOU – The town’s fire chief is cautioning people about positioning landscape lights too close to combustibles. Paul Janes was among nine members of the Pictou Fire Department who responded this afternoon to a small fire at a town house on the corner of Oak and Pine streets. He said the hot sun ignited a...

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