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Community mourns three lives lost in Tatamagouche fire


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The scene of a fatal house fire on the Brule Shore Road, in the Tatamgouche area that claimed three lives early Sunday morning, will remain under police protection until officials receive autopsy results, expected later today. Sherry Martell - Truro Daily News

TATAMAGOUCHE - A weekend house fire in Tatamagouche has claimed the lives of three people.
Tatamagouche firefighters raced to 950 Brule Shore Rd. at about 12:37 a.m. Sunday to find the two-storey home fully engulfed.
"We had evidence there were people there, but we couldn't account for them ... we couldn't get in," said Tatamagouche deputy chief Brad Smith. "We could see right through the walls, it was just a ball of fire."
Three bodies were recovered Sunday morning while firefighters, RCMP and a fire marshal's office representative were on scene.
Colchester County RCMP did not officially release the identity of the three people who died in the blaze. Police expect an autopsy to confirm their identities today. However, the Truro Daily News has learned the home was owned and lived in by Carl Waugh, his wife Mildred and their grandson Michael. It is believed the Waughs were in their late 50s or early 60s and Michael was 13.
"This is the worst fire in approximately 15 years ... the basement is all that's left," said Smith, adding the cause of the fire is being investigated, but does not appear to be suspicious.
About 35 firefighters from Tatamagouche, River John and Wallace were on scene for about four hours. Some returned to the scene Sunday morning to check on hot spots, cleanup and recovery.


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TATAMAGOUCHE - The Village of Tatamagouche is mourning the loss of three of its own.
Although police have not officially confirmed the identity of the two adults and one teenager who died in a house fire early Sunday morning, word circulated throughout Tatamagouche that the deceased are the Waugh family - husband and wife Carl and Mildred and grandson Michael.
"He was a hard worker ... he was a friendly guy and would do anything for anybody," Tatamagouche resident Ken Veno said of Carl, a saw mill employee in nearby Waughs River and a lifelong resident of the area.
"He would give you the shirt off his back and help you out in any way at all."
Veno said Carl's work ethic was like no other.
"He wouldn't hesitate at all. He would jump right into any job ... He would never say no and if there was an easier way to do it or if you could save money doing it he would be the one to tell you."
Veno said the family is well known and liked by the community.
"(Carl) did nobody any harm and he was well liked by everybody."
The deaths reverberated throughout the business community as well. Yesterday, Big Al's Acadian Beverage Room was closed out of respect to the family.

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