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UPDATE: Fires, Pipe Bursts Displace More Than 60 People

Feb 5, 2023 | 12:05 PM

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Residential fires, burst water pipes or flooding associated with extreme cold weather displaced more than 60 people across the Maritimes on Saturday.

The Canadian Red Cross says five incidents took place in New Brunswick, four occurred in Nova Scotia and one happened on Prince Edward Island.

“Thirty-nine people are being helped by Canadian Red Cross volunteers with emergency lodging and meals, and in some cases with urgent purchases of clothing and some other basic needs,” said Red Cross spokesperson Dan Bedell in an email to our newsroom.

New Brunswick

Officials say three adults and one child were displaced by a fire that destroyed a house along Route 115 in Notre-Dame, N.B., about 25 kilometres north of Moncton, N.B.

Burst water pipes and the resulting water damage also forced two adults to evacuate from an apartment building on Bliss Street in Moncton, N.B.

Volunteers say a family of seven, which included five children, was evacuated from a four-storey building on King Street East in Saint John, N.B. due to burst water pipes, flooding and the electricity being cut.

In addition, more than a dozen people were forced to leave an apartment building on Saint John Street on the city’s west side due to major damage caused by burst water pipes.

Bedell said volunteers arranged emergency lodging and meals for seven people.

“Other tenants arranged to stay with relatives or friends,” he said in an email.

Bedell said the Red Cross also arranged emergency housing due to health factors for a woman and two adult children after their home on Taylor Avenue lost power and heat.

Nova Scotia

Two adults from Amherst, N.S. were displaced after a fire caused heavy damage to their mobile home along Woodlawn Drive. Burst water pipes at an apartment complex in Dartmouth, N.S. also forced three adults from their homes.

Bedell said the fire in Amherst was because of a propane torch that was used to thaw frozen water pipes.

Three people were also evacuated from a four-storey building in Halifax due to burst pipes and resulting water damage.

Bedell said a retired couple from Higginsville, near Middle Musquodoboit, N.S., was also displaced from their home by a fire, but their needs “were being met by relatives pending further help through insurance.”

A house fire on River John Road, in Pictou County, N.S., displaced a family of five. Officials say they are staying with relatives and received help from the Red Cross with food, clothing and other emergency purchases.

Water damage and safety concerns from burst pipes forced the evacuation of a 22-unit condominium in Truro, N.S.

“Most residents made their own arrangements like staying with relatives or friends, but Red Cross volunteers assisted one person with emergency lodging,” said Bedell.

Prince Edward Island

Two people living in a townhouse in Charlottetown were forced out after burst pipes, resulting in water damage. Volunteers helped the pair with emergency lodging and meals

No injuries were reported from any of the incidents.


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