Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating a blaze that destroyed an illegal lobster pound in western Nova Scotia.
The incident occurred on the outskirts of Peterborough, in southwestern Nova Scotia, on Friday, according to the Public Safety Ministry’s Facebook page. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
“The island Police Service in uniform, from an off-duty detachment, were the first officers on the scene and assisted with the fight to keep the fire contained,” the minister wrote on Facebook. “The fire did spread to the neighbouring building and destroyed it.”
Although the flames did not spread to a third home, smoke caused by the fire caused havoc to the surrounding neighborhood, prompting the Civilian Firefighting Association of Nova Scotia to conduct an emergency call-out.
While the ministry could not immediately confirm the number of people displaced by the fire, media outlets reported that there were a few residents of a nearby home who had to be evacuated from their building.
“Several RCMP officers attended from the Westhampton detachment and the Civilian Firefighting Association of Nova Scotia dispatched resources,” the ministry said in a statement. “Rising water levels resulted in the pumping of water into neighbouring homes.”
CBC News reports that authorities said that they were investigating whether a hand-written sign saying “lobster pounds” was written at the site, which they added was an illegal waste disposal site.
According to the ministry, the RCMP have opened an investigation into the case, which will include interviewing the local community.