By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
FALL RIVER - Police say they are investigating an arson after fire destroyed a home under construction here late Sunday night.
At 11:44 p.m., the home at 70 Ballentyne Way caught fire, and when firefighters arrived on scene, heavy flames were shooting from the house framed with doors and windows, but unfinished on the inside.
“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 immediately deemed the fire suspicious because the home had no power. Fire investigators then combed the scene Monday and it was officially deemed an arson. Police are now handling the case.
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.