Latest Oxford fire ruled accidental

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Investigators walk toward a section of an Oxford Junction automobile repair shop Wednesday where an early morning fire is believed to have started. Brad Works - Amherst Daily News

OXFORD – The latest structure fire in Oxford has been ruled accidental.

The determination was made Thursday by an electrical engineer called in by the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal’s office.

“The fire’s origin was located and as a result, the cause of the fire has been determined accidental,” RCMP spokesman Dal Hutchinson said.

The early morning fire caused extensive damage Wednesday to a local repair shop and a car located inside. It was the fourth structure fire near the small town in less than 10 days.

While the latest blaze and an earlier fire on the town’s main street have been ruled accidents, investigators are treating two other fires as arson.

“The two believed to be set were to two vacant buildings with no heat source,” Hutchinson said. “We are asking the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”

The first suspicious fire occurred Sept. 12, when a vacant building on Highway 204 in nearby Birchwood was destroyed. The second occurred about a kilometre down the road from Wednesday’s fire on Sept. 20, when an old camp used for storage was destroyed.

Investigators said Wednesday’s fire at Mike’s Radiator & Automotive Repair could have caused a lot more damage had it not been noticed by a passing motorist.

The business was insured, but three people are out of work until it reopens.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Fire Marshal, RCMP

Geographic location: Oxford

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