Cause of Guysborough house fire officially deemed undetermined

By Lois Ann Dort    

GUYSBOROUGH – Early on Thursday morning a stately old home in the community of Guysborough was destroyed by fire. At 1:45 a.m. the call went out to four fire departments in the area to respond to a house fire on the corner of Pleasant and Main Street.

Approximately 40 firefighters were on scene from departments in Guysborough, Larry’s River, Erinville and Queensport. While the house was totally destroyed and a neighbouring house sustained some damage, there were no injuries.

Milford Haven Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Andrews told The Journal on Monday, “Once we got on scene there was so much fire in the main structure...we focused our efforts on the neighbouring house. There was some damage to the attic but that is a testament to the firefighters and their training and the equipment that we have today as compared to 30 years ago. They did a great job.”

The cause of the fire is officially listed as undetermined after investigation by the Fire Marshall and an independent investigator for the insurance company involved in the case. Andrews said, “Seventy per cent of fires go undetermined due to the amount of damage-- this is not an unusual finding.”

Arson has been ruled out as the cause of the fire. The Fire Marshall found the fire’s point of origin outside on the front porch of the residence.