Police still investigating suspicious house fire in area of Spryfield blaze - Metro US

Police still investigating suspicious house fire in area of Spryfield blaze

The location of the fishy house fire sparked during last week’s devastating forest blaze has been identified as 36 Aarons Way in Fergusons Cove, police and fire officials confirmed Tuesday.

“There was extensive damage on the interior of the residence, but the surrounding forest fire did not reach the house,” Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said of the suspicious blaze.

The house wasn’t destroyed, although eight did burn down during the forest fire that started Thursday afternoon.

Palmeter said police don’t have a suspect, adding “one of the things we do have to determine . . . is who had access to the home.”

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service spokesman Mike LeRue said fire investigators turned the file over to police when they “determined it was arson.”

LeRue said there was still one fire truck from the city helping out yesterday in the ravaged Spryfield, Purcells Cove and Fergusons Cove area.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Gavin said there were also 26 firefighters with the Natural Resources Department still on the ground, who found a few hot spots Monday. She said the department was planning to fly a helicopter yesterday to look for any flare-ups from the sky.

Fire investigators are still trying to find out what caused the fast-moving blaze, which covered 830 hectares. They’re asking anyone with information that may help their investigation to call 490-5546.

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