SHUBENACADIE EAST – Police have confirmed remains of a 45-year-old man were found inside a house that had heavy smoke coming from it mid-morning on April 2.
Firefighters from 10 departments over three counties were paged to the house fire on Heritage Lane after a neighbour spotted the smoke and called 911 at 8:55 a.m. A press release from the RCMP says the neighbour tried to enter the home, however was pushed back due to heavy flames and smoke.
Kevin Jodrey, the fire chief with Shubenacadie, said upon arrival crews had heavy smoke coming from the back of the house.
“We arrived and we had smoke showing in the eaves,” Jodrey told media. “We have since then got the fire under control, but we’re still doing overhaul at the moment.”
Cpl. Rodney Peterson from Colchester District RCMP confirmed in a press release the remains that were found were human.
“The fire was put out by crews after their arrival,” he said at the scene. “Shortly after in the initial investigation suspected human remains were found inside the structure.”
RCMP will remain on scene with the Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshal while an investigation is conducted. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service will conduct an autopsy, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Shubenacadie; Enfield; Stewiacke; Lantz; Milford; Station 40 (Dutch Settlement); Station 35 (Cooks Brook); Brookfield; and Elmsdale Fire responded to the scene.
Brooklyn Fire, Rawdon Fire, and Hilden Fire were paged for mutual aid to stand in at stations that were called to the scene.