Residents homeless after downtown fire

The entrance to apartments damaged by fire on Monday are secure but some debris remains from efforts to extinguish it. (Goodwin photo)

A fire Monday night in New Glasgow damaged a three-storey building that has a restaurant on the main level and 12 small apartments on second and third floors, temporarily displacing 12 tenants.

New Glasgow Fire Department and New Glasgow Regional Police responded to the fire on Provost Street at 7:25 p.m.

Additional support came from Stellarton and Trenton fire departments, as well as Emergency Health Services, Nova Scotia Power, Pictou County Rehab Support Unit, New Glasgow Public Works and the Red Cross.

No serious injuries were reported at the time but the complex sustained extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

Emergency crews have secured site at 11:40 p.m. and reopened the areas of Provost, Archimedes and Dalhousie streets.

Canadian Red Cross volunteers are assisting five adults with emergency lodging and financial support for meals and other basics. The other seven tenants arranged to stay with relatives or friends in the area.

One person was checked at hospital for smoke inhalation but no major injuries were reported from the fire that started in one of the apartments in the building that also houses the Our Turn to Cook restaurant.

Const. Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police stated “New Glasgow Fire Department fire investigators continue to investigate and will determine causes.”