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Fire Crews Respond to Five Suspicious Fires Overnight in South End Halifax
(Tuesday, December 18)-- Halifax Regional Police and Fire and Emergency Service officials are investigating a series of suspicious fires reported overnight in south end Halifax.
Fire and Emergency crews responded to five separate blazes reported in a several block radius of Queen and Morris Streets, between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. this morning.
Extensive structural damage was reported in all but one of the fires.
The first fire was reported at a structure known as the Courtyard, which runs between Queen Street and Dresden Row. A restaurant fronting on the Queen Street side was extensively damaged.
The second fire was reported at a South Park Street residence, where three persons were left homeless due to extensive structural damage to the dwelling.
The third fire was reported in a vacant building on Fenwick Street, where fire crews were able to contain damage to the exterior of the building only.
The fourth fire was reported at a residence on Tobin Street and resulted in exterior damage only, while the fifth blaze was reported in a dumpster behind a residence on Victoria Road.
District Fire Chief Paul Hopkins extended thanks to both the Halifax Regional Police and the Emergency Medical Service crews for their tremendous assistance with the rash of fires reported overnight.
The District Chief said Halifax Regional Police called in the first fire, while Emergency Medical Service teams controlled blazes at two of the blazes with fire extinguishers until firefighters were deployed from other sites.
District Chief Paul Hopkins