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Apartment building fire in Dartmouth deliberately set, police say

Members of the Halifax Regional Police forensic identification unit leave an apartment building at 32 Lakefront Road after investigating a suspicious fire Thursday morning. TIM KROCHAK
Members of the Halifax Regional Police forensic identification unit leave an apartment building at 32 Lakefront Road after investigating a suspicious fire Thursday morning. - Tim Krochak

A fire that extensively damaged an apartment building in Dartmouth on Thursday morning was intentionally set, police say. 

Police and firefighters responded to the 30 block of Lakefront Road at 3:47 a.m. after callers reported seeing smoke coming from the building. The fire was put out at 4:25 a.m.

Halifax Transit provided a bus as temporary shelter for 12 tenants, including children, who had been evacuated. No one was injured but the tenants have been temporarily displaced from the block-long, three-storey building, a Canadian Red Cross spokesman said. 

"A woman and her four-year-old daughter from the damaged apartment have another place to stay for now, and have been helped by the Canadian Red Cross with emergency purchases like clothing, food and other basics," said Dan Bedell in an email. "Other tenants made their own arrangements for temporary lodging until they can return home after cleanup of any smoke or water damage and fire investigators release the site." 

Fire investigators said the cause was arson and the case has been turned over to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 902-490-5016 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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