Shortts Lake cottage fire deemed not suspicious

Harry Sullivan
Published on January 22, 2014
Firefighters are scene hosing down the scene of a Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a cottage at Shortts Lake.
Harry Sullivan - Truro Daily News

SHORTTS LAKE  - A Shortts Lake cottage was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.

Brookfield firefighters were called out at 6:44 a.m. to respond to a fire at a cottage on Clary Lantz Road, which runs off Dexter Road from Shortts Lake West Road.

"At this point, it's under investigation. It wasn't noticed until it was basically on the ground," said Brookfield fire Chief Rod Nielsen, who added the blaze was called in by a passing motorist.

"We don't believe it is suspicious in nature."

No one was in the building at the time of the blaze.

"I suspect it was one of the older cottages in this area," Nielsen said. "And it was being readied to put a foundation under it."

The chief said the property owners, who were unidentified, are from Truro.

The cottage was insured, he said.

About 30 firefighters from Brookfield and Hilden responded to the blaze. Firefighters from Stewiacke and Upper Stewiacke were also initially called out as part of the mutual aid partnership, although those departments were turned back when it was determined that the building had already burned to the ground.

"Once we got here we stood down everybody except Hilden and we maintained Hilden to help us out," Nielsen said.

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