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Point Aconi Lighthouse Burned

Barry MacDonald: President, NSLPS

The Point Aconi lighthouse burned to the ground, according to Cape Breton firefighters, but they don't know when.

Florence Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Capstick said the lighthouse is isolated so no one noticed the fire.

The fire department received a call Sunday afternoon when someone discovered the gutted structure.

Capstick told the CBC he believes the fire occurred in the last few days or since the last precipitation because there is no snow covering the burned remains.

He said the landmark lighthouse is a loss for the community. The fire is considered suspicious and the police and fire marshal are investigating.

According to the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, the white, glass-fibre lighthouse was built in 1989.

Barry MacDonald is President, of the NSLPS.

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