Firefighter injured, home being built destroyed by suspicious Fall River blaze

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By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax

FALL RIVER - Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of what they say was a suspicious blaze here late Sunday night.

Smoke and flames are seen from a blaze in Fall River late Sunday night.

At 11:44 p.m., a home under construction at 70 Ballentyne Way caught fire, and when firefighters arrived on scene, heavy flames were shooting out from the house.

“When our guys arrived it was completely engulfed,” said Halifax regional fire spokesman Phil McNulty. “It was on the ground. It was in the basement.”

McNulty said they believe the fire is suspicious because there was no power to the home.

Eight fire trucks were called to the scene, with the home a writeoff.

McNulty said one firefighter also suffered an ankle injury while fighting the fire.

Also overnight, a home was destroyed in Middle Sackville due to a large fire.

Just after 1 a.m., firefighters were called to 5 Lakecrest Dr. after a fire started on the deck of the home, moved up the siding and into the roof.

McNulty said the home received heavy damage, and they’re now investigating for a cause.

He said the family inside the home escaped without injury.

Geographic location: Fall River, Middle Sackville

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