No one notices burning house on Lansdowne

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By Jonathan Riley - DIGBY COURIER - If a house burns down in the night, and no one is there to see it, does it really burn?

The Smith’s Cove Fire Department found nothing but a smoldering basement when they arrived at 8:30 a.m. - Jonathan Riley photo

No one knows for sure when the unlived-in house at 640 Lansdowne Road burnt; it was there last night, and this morning when firefighters arrived about 8:30 a.m., it was nothing but a smoldering basement.

“I’d guess sometime in the early hours of the morning,” said Travis Hogan, Smith’s Cove fire chief. “It’s on a main road and if somebody had been passing by they would have seen it.”

The last house on the right, now the last basement on the right, heading towards Digby before the S-turn, sits back 100 metres or so from the road and is surrounded bytrees and long grass.

David McCormick, the deputy fire chief from Bear River, saw the smoking basement on his way to work this morning and called 911.

Hogan says no one was living in the house and there was no power to the building.

“We put it down as arson,” he said. “You could see where someone spun out of there. I hope this isn’t going to start like last year at the barracks.”

Cornwallis and Deep Brook had a string of suspicious fires last fall including twobarracks buildings on the former military base, one in September and the other in November.

Geographic location: Lansdowne, 640 Lansdowne Road, Bear River Deep Brook Septemberand

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