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Digby fire that destroyed and damaged vehicles ruled accidental by RCMP

A screenshot from a video of a Nov. 5 fire that destroyed and damaged three vehicles at the wharf in Digby. COURTESY DIGBY FIRE
A screenshot from a video of a Nov. 5 fire that destroyed and damaged three vehicles at the wharf in Digby. COURTESY DIGBY FIRE - Contributed
DIGBY, N.S. —

The RCMP say a fire that destroyed two vehicles and damaged another at a wharf in Digby on Nov. 5 has been determined to have been accidental.

According to the RCMP, the fire was reported at 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says the police made their determination that the fire was an accident based on video and witness statements.

A media release issued by the RCMP reads, “Police obtained surveillance video from area businesses and also obtained statements from witnesses to assist in the investigation. The video shows the driver of a cube van parked it in the parking area by the wharf just after 4 a.m., then exited the vehicle.”

The RCMP say from the video that smoke can be seen coming from under the hood of the truck and that a short time later flames are visible coming from the engine compartment.

Cpl. Clarke said “pretty much from the time the driver parked the vehicle” you can see smoke coming from under the hood. It erupted into flame within a very short period, she said.

She didn’t know if the person was aware that there was an issue with the vehicle. She noted in the video the driver is seen calmly walking away after the vehicle is parked. “They weren’t running,” she said.

Two other trucks that were parked next to the cube van were damaged by the fire. One was completely destroyed while the other sustained heavy damage, the RCMP say.

Firefighters attended to the scene and put out the blaze. It was reported there were no injuries.

“Police are aware that there are rumours in the community regarding the cause of the fire, however they have determined it was accidental in nature,” the RCMP’s media release. When asked about this Cpl. Clarke said she did not want to elaborate on the rumours but said the RCMP wanted the public to know the fire was not an intentional one.

Firefighters in Digby at the scene of an early morning Nov. 5 vehicle fire at the wharf. The RCMP have determined the fire was accidental. DIGBY FIRE FACEBOOK
Firefighters in Digby at the scene of an early morning Nov. 5 vehicle fire at the wharf. The RCMP have determined the fire was accidental. DIGBY FIRE FACEBOOK

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