Three homes damaged in fire on Regent Drive in Dartmouth
Division commander says it's unclear where the fire started
An investigation is underway after a fire on Regent Drive in Dartmouth burned three homes near Penhorn Lake early Sunday evening. Large black clouds of smoke could be seen from as far away as Halifax.
"There was a tremendous amount of fire," said acting division commander Ben David with Halifax Fire.
"We started with exterior operations only, and once we got it contained a bit more then crews were inside. The fire by then was inside the walls and inside the ceilings, and we were able to pull them apart and get at the fire that was concealed."
Fire investigators say everyone inside the homes made it out safely, but that it's unclear where the fire started. Most of the damage was done to one half of a duplex unit where a family of four lived. Fire officials say the people who lived in both sides of duplex will not be able to return home because it is too badly damaged.
David says the blue house next to the duplex that was burned is still liveable. A shed in between the house and the duplex was completely destroyed in the fire.
Scorched homes on Regent Drive
There is a shed between houses completely totalled. Div. commander says unclear if fire started there or in house. <a href="https://t.co/5bpdaF11dx">pic.twitter.com/5bpdaF11dx</a>—@shainaluck
One house very serious damage. The attached duplex also badly damaged. Neighbouring house bad scorching. <a href="https://t.co/OFFfzB72k1">pic.twitter.com/OFFfzB72k1</a>—@shainaluck
One neighbour said she is going to start a collection for things the affected families may need. <a href="https://t.co/HWyWf2TMRJ">pic.twitter.com/HWyWf2TMRJ</a>—@shainaluck
With files from Shaina Luck