OLIVER – A family of four was left homeless and without two pets following a fire that destroyed their two-storey home Monday morning.
“We had a big structure and we needed a lot of water,” said Tatamagouche Fire Chief Jim Forbes, of the need to call in mutual aid from River John, Wallace and Wentworth to fight the blaze.
The home was occupied by Adam Halverson, Amanda Heitkemper and two young children.
“It was a total loss,” Forbes said, of the fire’s results, which he said also led to the loss of the family’s dog and cat.
No one was home at the time of the fire, he said, which was called in by a passerby who spotted smoke coming from the residence around 10 a.m.
Forbes said the blaze was totally involved when fire fighters arrived on the scene and the damage was so extensive that the cause has not been determined.
“No idea,” he said, of what might have caused the fire.
The blaze occurred on Highway 246 approximately four kms from Tatamagouche.