An early morning fire in Truro was a close call for neighbouring buildings, according to a local fire official.

Truro's Fire Service received a call at approximately 12:45 Tuesday morning, alerting them that a home on Brunswick Street was on fire.

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Fire crews tackled the fire, but ran into some challenges because of the age of the home and the freezing temperatures, said Blois Currie, Truro's fire chief. (Colchester County Fire Emergency Calls/Facebook)

Fire crews tackled the fire, but ran into some challenges because of the age of the home and the freezing temperatures, said Blois Currie, Truro's fire chief.

"The only problem being, is the cold and the fact that the fire in the older construction houses is in through the walls and basically burn up through the walls and into the roof," he said.

To put out the fire, crews "took quite a few hours of cutting and pulling boards off."

By 8 a.m. Tuesday the fire was out. The person inside the Brunswick Street home got out safely, but there was some damage to one of the neighbouring home, and could have been much worse, explained Currie.

"One house, the siding is all melted," said Currie. "We were very fortunate to get on it quick enough to stop it from travelling to the next house over. So yes, there is some extensive damage to the outside of the siding on the neighbouring house."

The home on the other side was not harmed, said Currie. Truro Fire Service is still trying to find out how the fire started.‚Äč