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Fire causes extensive damage to Elmwood Drive home

Amherst firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at 35 Elmwood Dr. on Tuesday morning. A woman and two children were displaced by the fire that caused extensive damage to the home. Tom McCoag-Town of Amherst photo
Amherst firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at 35 Elmwood Dr. on Tuesday morning. A woman and two children were displaced by the fire that caused extensive damage to the home. Tom McCoag-Town of Amherst photo - Contributed
AMHERST, N.S. —

Amherst firefighters fought a fire on Tuesday that heavily damaged a home at 35 Elmwood Dr.

“Upon crews arriving on the scene, there was visible fire and smoke coming from the structure,” fire chief Greg Jones said. “We also learned that all occupants were out of the building and safe.

“No one was physically hurt, but as in any fire situation, people are very upset.”

Jones said the Red Cross was called in order to assist the building’s occupants.

The alarm was turned in at 11:19 a.m.

“Every unit in the department responded,” the chief said. “Number 1 crew was first on the scene and other firefighters arrived shortly thereafter. We got water on it very quickly.”

Firefighters fought the fire from both the exterior and interior of the building. They also used foam to help douse the blaze. They appeared to have the fire knocked down by about 12:28 p.m., though they remained on the scene until about 2:28 p.m.

At the height of the fire, a firefighter exited the building with a cat he had rescued.

“At this point in time, we do not know the extent of the damage or the cause of the fire,” the chief said. “We will be starting an investigation into the fire today.”

Elmwood Drive was closed between Fletcher Drive and Abbey Road while firefighters battled the blaze.

A Canadian Red Cross news release said a woman and two children were displaced by the fire. Red Cross volunteers assisted with emergency purchases, like clothing, while the woman is awaiting additional help through insurance.

All three are staying with relatives.

There were no injuries.

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