Second Colchester County fire under investigation in two days
VALLEY – A house fire here on Sunday is the second one in as many days in the county to have been visited by a fire marshal.
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An RCMP identification services truck sits outside a home on Phoebe Lane in Valley after a fire late Sunday afternoon was deemed suspicious. The identification unit was on site, along with the fire marshal, investigating the fire.
Colchester RCMP Cpl. Addie Maccallum confirmed a house fire on Phoebe Lane was deemed suspicious.
“It is my understanding that the fire was discovered by a family member arriving home,” Maccallum said about the fire that started just after 4:30 p.m.
“It’s an active investigation – the fire marshal is on the scene and we have security in place.”
On Monday morning, the house, which is at the end of the dead end Phoebe Lane, was taped off and an RCMP identification services truck was parked out front. An RCMP officer also sat on the side of the road in a vehicle.
Valley-Kemptown District Fire Brigade responded to the fire, with assistance coming from Bible Hill Fire Brigade’s tanker. Salmon River also provided mutual aid.
Maccallum said no one was hurt in the fire, which caused extensive damage to the inside of the home.
Nigel Leggett, chief of the Valley-Kemptown department, said smoke was visible from the inside of the house when firefighters arrived on scene.
“It appears to have started in the basement,” Leggett said.
In total, Valley-Kemptown responded with 23 firefighters, with five each coming from Salmon River and Bible Hill.
Leggett said firefighters remained on scene for about 90 minutes.