Fire destroyed the home of an elderly couple in the Bridgeville area of Pictou County Monday evening, about 10 kilometres south of New Glasgow.
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They’re staying with a relative for now and Canadian Red Cross volunteers will meet with them today (Tuesday) to arrange emergency aid. The blaze at 4235 East River West Side Road was reported around 6 p.m.
Five people were displaced by at least three residential fires Easter Monday in separate communities in Nova Scotia.
In the Halifax suburb of Spryfield, the Red Cross arranged emergency lodging and food for the couple whose second-storey apartment was gutted in a mid-afternoon fire. The blaze was mostly contained to one apartment of the 18-unit building at 429 Herring Cove Road. The man and woman were treated briefly at hospital for smoke inhalation and later released.
In Windsor, a man was treated at the scene for a slight burn from a pre-dawn fire that destroyed an older wood-frame house he rented at 377 Albert Street. He’s staying with relatives for now, and received help from Red Cross disaster volunteers with emergency purchases of clothing for him and two children who were away for the holiday weekend. The fire also damaged an adjacent duplex that was vacant while undergoing renovation.
Investigations are under way in all three cases to confirm the cause of the fires.