Nova Scotia

Bedford home gutted by fire

A Bedford home was gutted by fire Monday afternoon.
This home at 126 Eaglewood Drive was completely engulfed when fire crews arrived just after 3 p.m. Monday. (TanyaJReynolds)
The home was completely gutted in the fire. Platoon Chief Mike Blackburn says it's too early to speculate on its cause. (CBC)
A Bedford home was gutted by fire Monday afternoon.

Twenty-four firefighters responded to the Eaglewood Drive blaze that broke out around 3 p.m.

Neighbours said the large, two story home was completely engulfed by smoke and flames within five minutes of the first signs of the fire.

Platoon Chief Mike Blackburn, with the Halifax Regional Fire Service, said firefighters took a defensive strategy the moment they arrived on scene, due to the size of the blaze.

"We were in a defensive strategy where everyone is on the outside, nobody goes in," said Blackburn. "This was a big fire ... newer homes in the area. As you can see ... there's not much left. The fire trail was very fast."

Blackburn said he wasn't surprised at how quickly the fire moved.

"Not in this day and age. With the technology and fabrics and stuff that's in them, they're burning faster than ever before," said Blackburn.

At one point the fire volume was so heavy, crews moved over to an adjoining property, which was spared.

The owners weren't home when the blaze broke out, although there were unconfirmed reports that their teenage son may have been inside. No one was injured, although Blackburn said the heat of the day led several firefighters to become fatigued.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.