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Crews on scene of a barn fire at the New Beginnings seniors residence in Yarmouth on May 27, 2024 (Acadia News Photo)

Residents safe after barn fire at seniors home in Yarmouth

By Kevin Northup May 27, 2024 | 4:38 PM

Fire has displaced 18 seniors in Yarmouth.

The barn of the New Beginnings seniors home on Argyle Street caught fire after 3 p.m. Monday.

Everyone got out of the building safely.

Yarmouth fire chief Mike Deveau says they arrived within minutes.

“The career staff were on scene within three minutes, and had water on the fire within five minutes. That was a significant contributing factor to saving this structure,” said Deveau.

After an investigation, the fire has been ruled not suspicious.

Deveau predicts it will take some time for residents to move back in, as there is heavy smoke damage through the home.

The Wedgeport, Lake Vaughan and Port Maitland departments also responded, along with EHS and RCMP.

Deveau says the local REMO coordinator provided assistance with shuttling, along with the Red Cross.