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Fire displaces family in River Denys

Valley Mills Volunteer Fire Department, Marble Mountain, Inverness County
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RIVER DENYS ROAD, N.S. —

Three people are homeless after a fire Saturday night destroyed their mobile home.

Responding fire department was Valley Mills Volunteer Fire Department, located in Inverness County.

Fire chief Justin Usher confirmed they responded to a call about the structure fire at 7:20 p.m. When firefighters arrived, Usher said they found “one end of the entire mini-home was on fire and it was spreading through the home.”

The family was outside the home when fire fighters arrived.

Four departments responded to the blaze, which started to spread to the wooded area outside the home. Valley Mills, Blues Mills, West Bay and Whycocomagh fire departments were able to quickly extinguish the fire outside of the building.

“With the amount of man power and water power we had, we were able to contain it and keep it from spreading to other neighbouring homes,” said Usher who has been fire chief for 12 years.

“The fire inside the home was more challenging and unfortunately we were unable to save it.”

Usher said they believe the fire started inside a shed, attached to the home, but at this point do not know what caused the fire.

He said RCMP officers also responded to the call and took photos and statements for their investigation.

Firefighters were on scene until 1a.m. and Usher praised all departments for quickly getting to the scene, which helped stop the spread of the blaze.

“I thought the response time was really good for the area,” he said. “It’s a very rural area.”

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