Nova Scotia

Dartmouth apartment fire is suspicious

A blaze that badly damaged a small apartment building in Dartmouth Thursday morning is suspicious, police say.
No one was hurt in the fire at 83 Albro Lake Rd. ((Anjuli Patil/CBC))

A  blaze that badly damaged a small apartment building in Dartmouth Thursday morning is suspicious, police say.

"We have information, that I can't go into specifics about, that tends to lead us in the direction that this is a suspicious fire," Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said.

It took firefighters about four hours to put out  the fire at 83 Albro Lake Road which broke out at about 11 a.m.

Most of the damage done to the four-unit apartment complex was to the unit facing the street.

Nobody was killed or injured, and it may have been because a woman in the neighbourhood spotted the smoke before firefighters could arrive, and got the residents out safely.

Kellyanne Goode said she was scared, but that she just had to do it.

"So I just went in and got everyone out and the window blew and I got the people on the other side. The fire was fast, it was very, very fast," she said.

"By the time I got the right hand side out, the fire got to the left hand side of the house and was already billowing out.

Police and fire officials are still investigating the origin of the fire. They expect to have a report on the incident in the near future.

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