Cumberland District RCMP is investigating a series of fires that destroyed five structures in total.
On Tuesday, May 5th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Cumberland District RCMP along with Fire Departments from Joggins, River Hebert, Amherst, Springhill, Parrsboro, Advocate, Port Greville, Oxford, Southampton, Leicester, Shinimicas, Truemanville and Fox River / Port Greville/ Wards Brook responded to four structure fires on Pit Road, Joggins.
As emergency personnel were responding to these fires, a fifth fire was detected at the Masonic lodge building on Highway 242 in Joggins. As a result of the proximity to the lodge, the Baptist church caught fire and sustained smoke and water damage. In total five structures were completely destroyed. One responding fire fighter from the River Hebert Fire Department received non-life threatening injuries. All of the destroyed structures were unoccupied. Fire investigators deemed these fires as suspicious. The investigation into the cause of the fires is continuing.
If you have any information on these fires please call the Cumberland District RCMP at 902-667-3859 or any other RCMP detachment or local police. Callers also can report crimes anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward from $50 -$2000.