Millville fire service restored after arson destroyed station

Millville fire service has been restored in a temporary location after arson destroyed the village's fire station last week, but a permanent home will have to be found soon, says the fire chief.

Village fire department has temporarily set up in a Department of Transportation building

Fire protection in Millville is back up and running again following a fire that destroyed the community's fire station and village hall last week.

The volunteer fire department has temporarily set up in a Department of Transportation building with equipment loaned by neighbouring communities, said Fire Chief Justin McGuigan.

But a decision on a permanent replacement will have to be made soon, he said.

Once winter arrives, McGuigan said the Department of Transportation's road crews will need the building back and the fire department will have to move.

"We can't leave the trucks outside in the winter and there are no other heated storage facilities that we can think of here in the area," he said.

"So we need to have that problem solved in the next 90 days or so."

McGuigan said two meetings have been set up with provincial government officials this week — one to discuss replacing the fire hall and the other to discuss the equipment lost in the July 28 blaze.

He has estimated the damage was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The fire, which started early in the morning, gutting the municipal building that housed the council chambers, fire department and a seniors' centre, and destroying two fire trucks and other equipment, has been deemed arson by the provincial fire marshal`s office.

Keswick RCMP are leading the criminal investigation and asking anyone with information about the fire to contact them.