6 escape fire in Amherst duplex
Two families escaped unscathed after a fire ripped through one half of a duplex in Amherst, Nova Scotia Friday night, according to the Canadian Red Cross.
The fire on Christie Street was called in around 9 p.m.
After a mother and her three boys were safely out of the building, they warned a man and woman in the other unit of their duplex who also made it out safely.
The Red Cross said the duplex is less than a block away from the Amherst fire hall. The fire was put out, but it caused smoke and water damage to the building.
A neighbour told CBC News the fire started when one of the boys was playing with a lighter near oil paint in the duplex's basement. He then tried to extinguish the flames by throwing a towel over the fire.
The family ran over to the neighbour's home without coats and boots, reported the CBC's Jessica Doria-Brown.
All six people are now staying with family elsewhere in the community. The boys, who range in age from four to eight-years-old were given teddy bears for comfort.