Arson feared in Joggins

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Darrell Cole
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Joggins has an arson problem and the chief of the community's fire department feels it's only a matter of time before someone is killed.

Joggins firefighters were called out to battle another suspicious fire late Sunday that destroyed an abandoned home on the Pit Road. Until now, most of the blazes have been grass fires. That changed with Sunday's fire.

Joggins has an arson problem and the chief of the community's fire department feels it's only a matter of time before someone is killed.

Joggins firefighters were called out to battle another suspicious fire late Sunday that destroyed an abandoned home on the Pit Road. Until now, most of the blazes have been grass fires. That changed with Sunday's fire.

"It's really beginning to get out of hand," Darrell Fagan said. "Our biggest fear is that one of these fires is going to hurt someone. It could be the people who set it or it could be one of my firefighters."

There have been more than 30 fires in Joggins this spring with most of them ruled suspicious. He is frustrated that people who see these fires being set aren't coming forward with names.

"They tell us so and so set the fire but when we tell them to call the RCMP they tell us they don't want to get involved. Some of it's fear and some of it's they just don't want to be involved," Fagan said. "There comes a time when the community has to stand up and say enough. That time is now."

Area businessman and county councillor John Reid is equally frustrated. A longtime firefighter and a former fire chief, Reid feels the RCMP has a bigger role to play.

"I know the RCMP considers these nuisance calls but they have to have more of a presence. If they don't investigate, there's no reason for these people to stop what they're doing," Reid said. "If they keep working at this they're going to catch someone or someone's going to talk, but if they don't investigate the one setting these fires are going to get bolder and someone's going to get hurt."

Reid wasn't surprised when the Pit Road fire call came in considering people had been talking about it.

"They're getting bolder and they're bragging about it," Reid said. "People were talking about how that house was going to be burned and it was. They're driving around on four-wheelers setting these things. Just as soon as we put one fire out we're getting called out to another in a different part of the community."



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Joggins, Pit Road

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  • Lorna
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    JOGGINS IS A VERY SMALL COMMUNITY
    AND CITIZENS ARE VERY CONCERNED
    ABOUT THEIR PROPERTY. THE FIRESTARTERS HAVE NO RESPECT FOR OTHERS PROPERTY OR BELONGINGS.
    IT IS SAD THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY IS AWARE OF WHOSE HOUSES WILL BE HIT NEXT.

    IT IS EQUALLY FRUSTRATING TO DRIVE BY A FIRE AND SEE A FEW OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN LIGHTING THE FIRES SUITING UP TO HELP THE FIRE DEPT FIGHT THE FIRE.

    MY OPINION FOR THOSE CONCERNED IS TO FIRST LOOK AT THE FIRE DEPT VOLUNTEERS AS IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT THE CHIEF KNOWS THE NAMES THAT ARE COMING FORWARD AND IF ANY OF THE VOLUNTEERS ARE KNOWN TO THE COUNCILLOR AND FIRE CHIEF TO BE STARTING FIRES PERHAPS THE DEPT SHOULD CLEAN UP THEIR OWN FIRST BEFORE THEY SAY OTHERS AREN'T DOING ENOUGH.

    JOGGINS IS A VERY SMALL COMMUNITY
    AND CITIZENS ARE VERY CONCERNED
    AND THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE...