Nova Scotia

Suspicious fire destroys lodge in Meat Cove

A suspicious fire that completely destroyed the Meat Cove Lodge was just part of a crime spree over the weekend in the Cape Breton community of Meat Cove.

Three other buildings in Meat Cove vandalized

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said the trouble began Friday night. (CBC)

A suspicious fire that completely destroyed the Meat Cove Lodge was just part of a crime spree over the weekend in the Cape Breton community of Meat Cove.

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said the trouble began Friday night.

"It all started with several mischief complaints in and around Meat Cove. We were investigating some damage at The Welcome Centre which had some broken windows, a satellite dish being ripped off a private residence and kind of another unique one at the Ocean View Lodge where a propane tank was found in the oven and was a fire concern," he said.

MacRae said the propane tank was smoking when volunteer firefighters arrived, making a dangerous situation for firefighters.

"Anytime you have an explosive potential, propane or any other flammable substance that's definitely concerning for police and fire and for a community. In this case fortunately no one was injured, but it was definitely a concern for all agencies."

The Ocean View Lodge was also vandalized, MacRae said there significant damage done inside the building.

RCMP arrested a 20-year-old man in relation to one of the mischief complaints.

They allege the man ripped a satellite dish off a house, the man's name has not been released.

The man is also charged with breaching court orders from previous run-ins with the law.

MacRae said the man was held for short time before being released.

"He was released from our custody at about 5:15 and then at 7:15 our members were back at work again answering a call of arson at the Meat Cove Lodge. In that case the structure was destroyed," said MacRae.

He said they're trying to determine if the mischief and the arsons are connected.

The 20-year-old will be in court April 11.

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