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Six people forced from homes by North Kentville fire

A Kentville Fire vehicle sits at the scene of a fire that displaced six people from their homes in an apartment house on Tuesday evening, July 9, 2019.
A Kentville Fire vehicle sits at the scene of a fire that displaced six people from their homes in an apartment house on Tuesday evening, July 9, 2019. - Staff

NORTH KENTVILLE, N.S. — Six people were forced from their homes after a fire at an apartment house in North Kentville on Tuesday evening.

Kentville firefighters were called to the two-and-a-half storey building on Exhibition Street just before 7 p.m. When they arrived, they found a fire burning in a second-floor apartment of the five-unit building.

The fire was contained within 10 minutes, but crews remained on scene for about two hours making sure the fire hadn’t spread into the walls and ceiling, and clearing smoke from the building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Wednesday afternoon RCMP said that a witness at the scene provided information that led to the arrest of a 16-year-old female from Kings County.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said the youth was taken into custody but later released without charges being laid. Police are asking anyone with information to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

There was extensive damage to the apartment where the fire started. The other four units sustained smoke damage, and one had water damage.

New Minas firefighters were also on the scene.

The Canadian Red Cross provided accommodations, meals and support for the man who lived in the apartment where the fire started, and a woman from another unit. Tenants from the other three apartments found their own places to stay.

There were no injuries.

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