UPDATED: Windsor Junction fire deemed accidental

Firefighters head up the driveway at the fire scene on Chevrin Court in Windsor Junction. The house atthe end of the driveway sustained significant damage. (Photo courtesy @HRMTrafficer/Pete Stevens)

WINDSOR JUNCTION: A house fire that saw firefighters not only battle flames, but also the searing heat on Aug. 1 in Windsor Junction has been deemed accidental.

At about 4:30 p.m. firefighters from Station 45 (Fall River), Station 41 (Waverley), Tac 45 (Fall River); HRM Fire Rehab, Station 42 (Wellington), Quint 8 (Bedford) and Quint 9 (Sackville) were paged out to a confirmed residential structure fire on Chervin Court, off Windsor Junction Road.

Bruce Sangster, acting division commander with HRM Fire, said there was lots of smoke for the first arriving firefighters from Station 45.

“Heavy smoke and fire was observed on the rear of the structure as we arrived,” said Sangster. “Crews were able to make a fast attack.”

The activity resulted in traffic being reduced for a short time around the scene, although it was not closed off.

At 6:45 p.m., the smell of smoke and soot was still very vivid in the neighbouring area of where the fire occurred. Crews were finishing up at 7:30 p.m. and started to pack up their gear to return to their respective stations and continue with hose cleanup. The final crew left the scene shortly before 9 p.m.

Sangster said the fire severely damaged the home.

“The structural damage was significant to the house and the house is not able to be occupied at this time,” said Sangster.

He said there were 30 firefighters at the call.

“Extra crews were dispatched due to the heat and humidity for crew safety,” he said.

Fire investigators determined that the ignition source was an electrical fault.

“Fire investigators have determined the area of origin as the northeast exterior corner of the dwelling,” the fire investigators summary said.

The cause of this fire has been classified as accidental.

Fire crews discuss their next strategy. (Photo courtesy @HRMTrafficker/Pete Stevens)