Nova Scotia

Fire destroys vacant Bedford house

A vacant house in Bedford caught on fire late Tuesday afternoon.

A vacant house in Bedford caught on fire late Tuesday afternoon.

"Some folks initially reported it was in the old hotel building, but that wasn't accurate, it was actually a two-storey home that luckily is vacant," said Dave Meldrum, spokesman for Halifax Regional Fire Department.

Firefighters from five units including Bedford, Burnside and Halifax were called to the house behind the former Maritime Hotel on Lindsay Hill at about 5 p.m.

Meldrum said the wooden house is a now a "writeoff."

The crews worked to contain the blaze and said the damp weather kept the flames from spreading.

A portion of the Bedford Highway was closed while firefighters fought the blaze and traffic had been rerouted to Hammonds Plains Road. The highway reopened at about 7 p.m.

Neighbours say the house has been empty for several years and sometimes people were seen in the house.

"I know sometimes there were people in there ... you'd hear that sometimes," said Annie Berendsen, who lived in the home until about six years ago, and still lives in the area.

She said it was hard to see her former home on fire.

"It hurt a bit, because we lived down there for close to 50 years, I have a lot of good memories," said Berendsen.

Her daughter however, wasn't as sad about it.

"I'm glad it's gone the way it's gone, we have good memories — but to see it deteriorate, I'm glad to see it gone," said Barb Hooper.

Meldrum said it's too early in the investigation to know what caused the fire, but he said it is not being called suspicious at this time.