Nova Scotia

Fire-gutted Sackville building will take months to rebuild

It will take at least six months to rebuild a Lower Sackville, N.S. apartment building that was gutted by fire overnight Friday.

Will be at least 6 months before tenants can return to building

Ward Crawley captured this footage of the apartment fire on his phone. 0:16

It will take at least six months to rebuild a Lower Sackville, N.S. apartment building that was gutted by fire overnight Friday.

More than 50 people were left homeless after flames shot from the building and caused the roof to collapse.

Emily Wills watched in horror as her apartment burned. She moved in just four months ago. This was the 21-year-old’s first apartment.

"Once it hit our apartment, the one on the corner, I couldn't watch it. It was just too hard. Everything I've ever owned was in there. I couldn't watch it anymore. It was really scary. The scariest moment of my life," she said.

Wills escaped the fire with nothing but the pyjamas she was wearing. Everything else went up in flames.

"I’m telling you, it took maximum 10 minutes to just spread all over the entire roof," she said.

Fire investigators were at the scene Monday, trying to determine a cause.

Wills is now apartment hunting, but everything - her clothes, furniture and most importantly her musical instruments  - will have to be replaced.

"That's what's killing me the most is that all of my instruments are up there. One of the guys that I work with is actually going to give me a guitar and my aunt is giving me a guitar," she said.

For now, Wills is staying on a friend’s couch and is looking for another place to live. She's receiving help and grocery money from the Red Cross.

But she and her neighbours who are in the same situation say they’re just grateful no one was hurt.

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