LITTLE BROOK, DIGBY COUNTY, N.S. – Numerous fire departments responded to a fire in Little Brook, Digby County, the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 27.
A fire call came in to the Little Brook Fire Department around 8 p.m. The scene of the fire, at 1008 Highway 1, was the former Clare Social Club building that after closing has since housed Evelina’s Rapure Pie until it closed, and currently houses Kizuna Sushi.
Little Brook Fire Department Chief Michel LeBlanc said the building was not fully engulfed when firefighters arrived but it was a stubborn and challenging fire to battle.
“It was mostly on the other side of the building when we got here,” he said, referring to the side of the building not facing Highway 1. Asked if it was a difficult fire to fight, he said it was.
“It was very hard. There’s a lot of small rooms everywhere, two or three attics, stuff like that.”
He said fortunately there was no major risk to neighbouring properties. He also said there were no injuries.
There was a lot of manpower and a lot of equipment on the scene Tuesday evening. Responding volunteer fire departments included Little Brook, St. Bernard, Meteghan, Havelock, Weymouth and Southville. Nova Scotia Power also had a couple of trucks on scene.
A section of Highway 1 was closed to traffic for several hours.
The business located inside the building now, Kizuna Sushi, specializes in Japanese Fine Cuisine, according to its Facebook page. It’s sushi offerings are available at local eateries and businesses in the region including Lisa T Café at the Université Sainte-Anne Campus, SIP Café in Yarmouth, Comeau’s Farm Market in Meteghan, DJs in Clare, NSCC in Yarmouth, Dan’s Ice Crea, Shoppe in Barrington Passage
Customers have offered good reviews of the sushi on the business’s Facebook page.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the company posted on its Facebook page that it has had to close the restaurant, including delivery, until this spring "due to unforeseen circumstances."
"Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause," the business posted. "We will try our best to re-open our Kizuna Restaurant as soon as possible."
There was significant interior damage as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire also had to be determined. LeBlanc said the Office of the Fire Marshal would be involved in determining the cause. A representative of that office was on the scene Wednesday.