Family of three displaced
Firefighters work at trying to save a home on Berry Hill Road from a blaze that is believed to have started in the second floor of the residence shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday. No one was home at the time but fire fighters were able to save a family dog from the blaze. Submitted photo
UPPER STEWIACKE - Three people have been displaced from their home following a house fire on Berry Hill Road in Upper Stewiacke on Wednesday.
The home was the residence of James Stewart and Marsha Clarke and their son Mitchell, 8.
"Thank goodness no one was in the house," Stewart's mother Eleanor said, as the house blazed nearby through the trees.
"To me it looks like it's ruined."
She said Mitchell had been dropped off at her house by Clarke on her way to work in Truro around 8 a.m. while Stewart had gone to work in Dartmouth.
The family dog, Oscar, was rescued unharmed from the blaze by firefighters.
The family, who is staying with relatives, has received help from the Canadian Red Cross for purchases of food and clothes.
Terry Canning, deputy chief of the Brookfield Fire Department, said the fire is believed to have started in the upper floor of the home shortly before 10 a.m.
While firefighters were able to save the main floor of the home from total destruction, the house did receive extensive fire and water damage and the upper floor was completely destroyed.
The home was insured.
Firefighters responded to the scene from Upper Stewiacke, Hilden, Brookfield and Middle and Upper Musquodoboit while the Stewiacke bridgade went on standby in Brookfield and the Shubenacdie brigade did standby duty in Stewiacke.