Rain on P.E.I. may have helped keep troublemakers indoors on Halloween night, with just four serious fires reported.


Fire departments bring in as many firefighters as they can for Halloween, says North River Fire Chief Kirby Wakelin. (CBC)

Some fire departments from Tignish to Souris reported no major incidents before skies opened up late last night. Still, crews across the Island were fully staffed.

"We call for a full crew in, and usually that's full department, and sometimes we can get multiple calls," said North River Fire Chief Kirby Wakelin.

"If we had anything serious come in, then firefighters are busier on these nuisance calls, and we won't have the full response of all the firefighters."

Firefighters were still on the scene of a fire in a building in Tignish Shore early Friday morning. They believe the fire is suspicious.

Firefighters in O'Leary were called to a fire at an abandoned home in nearby Milo overnight.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, and the investigation has been turned over to the RCMP. There were structure fires as well in Byrnes Road and Saint Edwards, also in vacant buildings, and those files have been turned over the RCMP.

There were 10 small fires reported across the Island: in Souris, Byrnes Road, Cardigan, O'Leary and Saint Edwards. Uncounted additional smaller fires were also put out.

Last Halloween the provincial fire marshal's office reported at least 25 calls ranging from abandoned houses to garbage and utility poles set on fire.

The fire marshal's office described this Halloween as relatively quiet, and credited the weather with keeping vandals indoors.