Nova Scotia

Barrett Firewood hit by vandals again

Vandals torched a delivery truck at Barrett Firewood in Beaver Bank over the weekend.
Robin Barrett hopes the public will help find vandals who torched his truck. (CBC)

A delivery truck at Barrett Firewood in Beaver Bank was torched over the weekend.

Owner Robin Barrett said the fire melted the windows and destroyed the cab and engine of the truck.

This is the fourth time in four years, he said, that vandals have hit him. Last July, six of his company's vehicles were trashed by vandals.

This time, he's making sure everyone sees the damage — he's put the hulk of the burned out truck on his front yard, hoping someone will come forward with information.

"When good men do nothing, evil wins," he said.

"If people don't know what's happening then I'm afraid the vandalism is going to go on. I'm also afraid it's going to get worse and someone's going to get hurt."

A truck was torched at Barrett's Firewood in Beaver Bank over the weekend. ((CBC))
Barrett got a call from the fire department around 2 a.m. Sunday. The RCMP found evidence of people having a fire in the woods not far from his lot.

"There's a difference between sitting around enjoying themselves around a campfire and trashing someone's facilities, destroying vehicles," Barrett said.

He is no stranger to vandalism. Last year he offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could help identify the people who smashed five windshields in his yard.

"Last year when I totalled it up, we had had $85,000 [damage] in five years," he said. "It's really hard, it makes you really angry, it hurts."

The RCMP are investigating this latest incident as a suspicious fire, but they're also investigating to see if there are any links to the vandalism that's happened here in the past to see if perhaps the business is being targeted or it's just a case of bad luck.

Beaver Bank resident Graham Dean said the damage seems to be deliberate.

"We couldn't believe it. It's just like they got a grudge, or whatever you want to call it, against Barrett's," he said. "But I couldn't see that."

Barrett is also worried about vandalism that happened nearby. Last fall, arsonists torched the communuity centre down the road.

"I'm worried where it's going to go next. Is it going to be someone's house? Is it going to be the community building again? It's really important that as a community we stand together and we work to prevent this stuff," Barrett said.

Coun. Barry Dalrymple said he believes the business is being targeted, and he will offer his own financial reward to find out who's responsible and get some charges laid.