Nova Scotia

Reminisce Bed and Breakfast in Bridgetown sustains major damage in fire

A historic Bridgetown inn caught fire early Monday morning, causing major damage to its second floor and destroying the roof.

No one on premises when fire broke out, says fire chief Randy Sheridan

The Reminisce Bed and Breakfast in Bridgetown dates back to 1870. The second floor was heavily damaged in a fire early Monday morning. (weblocal.ca)

Fire broke out early Monday morning at a Bridgetown bed and breakfast, destroying the top floor of the building and collapsing the roof.

Firefighters were called to the Reminisce Bed and Breakfast on South Street at about 3:30 a.m.

"Structurally, there's a lot of damage done on the main part of the house. The roof on the front caved in," said Randy Sheridan, the chief of the Bridgetown Volunteer Fire Department. "The second floor is pretty much compromised."

The owners of the bed and breakfast, Dean and Susan Ruzic, were away and there were no guests on the premises of the inn when the fire started, said Sheridan.

The Reminisce Bed and Breakfast, which dates back to 1870, advertises two guest suites.

Sheridan said it appears the fire started on the lower floor. 

Three other fire departments from Annapolis Royal, Port Lorne and Lawrencetown worked to put out the fire, which was extinguished by 11:30 a.m., Sheridan said.

No other structures were threatened by the fire, he said. The fire marshal is at the scene to determine the cause. 

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