UPDATED: Man dies in Shubenacadie house fire

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SHUBENACADIE EAST: A 45-year-old man has been identified as the victim of a tragic house fire that took place mid-morning on April 2 in Shubenacadie East, near the Wildlife Park.

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. Shubenacadie; Enfield; Stewiacke; Lantz; Milford; 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. RCMP from Colchester County and EHS also attended the scene.

Firefighters walk from the scene of a fatal house fire in Shubenacadie on April 2. (Healey photo)

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.”

He confirmed a person was found inside deceased.

“We don’t know who that is,” he said.

Some of the charred parts of the house as seen from a closer view. (Healey photo)

At the scene on April 2, Cpl. Rodney Peterson from Colchester RCMP, Bible Hill detachment said firefighters discovered what are suspected to be human remains, however that will be determined by the medical examiner.

“The fire was put out by crews after their arrival,” he said. “Shortly after in the initial investigation suspected human remains were found inside the structure.”

He said they were awaiting the arrival of the fire marshall to ensure the building is structurally safe for firefighters, police and the medical examiner to make entry.

“At this time we can’t go in due to structural integrity and safety reasons. The fire marshall will attend and determine if it is safe to do so.”

Firefighters carry air bottles down Heritage Lane from the house fire and down to get refilled for use on April 2. (Healey photo)

Police confirmed on April 3 the person found inside was male, and noted the fire was not suspicious.

Jodrey said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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