© Christopher Gooding
JOGGINS – Fire fighters from Joggins, Rive Hebert and Amherst descended on this idyllic coastal community after a vacant home caught fire this afternoon.
Coming into the community, vehicles lined the streets as a hearse pulls away from St. Thomas Aquinas church while immediately after it, at a small intersection that takes you to Summer Street, fire trucks lined up to fill a water reservoir in place of fire hydrants, which the small village doesn’t have.
Neighbours gather in their yards; other sit together on their porches, while a couple take in the activity sitting in green lawn chairs.
With the nearby Joggins Fossil Centre closed until tourism season resumes, it's the most activity that’s taken place here in some time.
Once a strong mining community that boasted a hotel, railway station and school, those infrastructures disappeared after the mines stopped feeding electrical stations in Maccan in the 1950s.
And now another house will disappear. Albeit, a vacant one and just one of the many now in the community.
“I was talking with my neighbor how there are so many empty houses,” Jill Gilroy, who was babysitting for her daughter across from the Summer Street home. “I stuck my head around and nothing. Half-an-hour later it was on fire.”
The last occupant of the home, Gilroy said, had moved back in with his mother.