Bear River firefighters knocked down a house fire in Deep Brook before it could spread from the kitchen to the main part of the house.
Neighbours saw smoke coming from the house on the corner of Purdy Road and Highway 1 a little after 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. They banged on the door and hollered to wake up the occupants and called 911.
The two occupants escaped unharmed.
When the Bear River fire department arrived flames were shooting up the outside wall around the chimney at the rear of the house.
They were able to get in the kitchen and knock the fire down before it spread to the rest of the house.
They called out Digby and Annapolis Fire Departments for extra personnel and water at 1:20 a.m.
Bear River stood Annapolis down when they realized they had the fire under control.
“It looked a lot worse when we arrived,” says Bear River deputy chief Jim Nixon. “Fire was shooting up everywhere. If we had been a little later getting there, it could have been a lot worse.”
If we had been a little later getting there, it could have been a lot worse. - Jim Nixon, Bear River deputy fire chief
Nixon says the cause of the fire is under investigation but it was clear the fire started around the area of the wood stove in the kitchen.
The kitchen part of the house was destroyed but the rest of the house received only minimal smoke damage.