Nova Scotia

3 suspicious fires spark Cape Breton warning

There were three suspicious fires in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality over the weekend, police and fire officials said Monday.

There were three suspicious fires in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality over the weekend, police and fire officials said Monday.

One was in a Glace Bay shed, another in a South Bar pleasure boat and the third in a barn in Dominion.

Deputy Fire Marshal Paul MacCormick was on the scene of the barn fire Monday morning. He said it appeared someone had splashed a flammable liquid on the building and then lit it on fire.

MacCormick said that while it was not a huge fire, Colin Starzyczny, the owner, lost tools, bikes and tires.

"It's very troublesome to the homeowner, the neighbours [and] the fire department to have to come out," MacCormick said.

"Today, I was supposed to be out inspecting a nursing home, and I'm here doing a deliberately set fire, so yes, the resources are stretched. It is something that we take very seriously; that's why we're here today."

Winds blew flames toward house

Starzyczny said it appeared that arsonists had hit his barn around midnight. He said while losing his barn and goods was bad, he was worried it could be worse next time.

"The way the wind was blowing there last night, it was blowing onto my house," he said. "The fire department had to put water onto my house to make sure it didn't ignite."

He said fire crews told him to move his truck out of the driveway to avoid flying embers.

"Lucky my daughter and my wife was at work, my two boys were in bed at the time [and] the dog was in bed with the boys. I got them all outside. We all stayed out until everything was all cleared up," Starzyczny said.

There was roughly one suspicious fire a week last year in the CBRM.

MacCormick said people could help by keeping an eye out for suspicious people or suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

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