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Evacuation order lifted at Halifax townhouses after destructive fire

Residents of 12 townhouses next to the scene of a large fire in Halifax have been allowed back in their homes after a two-week evacuation. In this file photo taken on Sept. 15, officials are looking at a wall between the homes and the fire scene.
Residents of 12 townhouses next to the scene of a large fire in Halifax have been allowed back in their homes after a two-week evacuation. In this file photo taken on Sept. 15, officials are looking at a wall between the homes and the fire scene. Rebecca Lau/ Global News

HALIFAX – Residents of 12 townhouses near downtown Halifax have been allowed back into their homes after an evacuation that lasted nearly two weeks.

Fire officials lifted the evacuation order on Saturday morning, however residents tell Global News power had not been restored to the homes as of late afternoon.

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The evacuation was prompted by a fire on Sept. 14 that destroyed a two-storey commercial building on Portland Place. Engineers determined a wall at the fire scene was too unstable and was at risk of falling into the row of townhouses.

The wall has since been removed.

Meanwhile, Halifax Regional Police have determined the fire is suspicious and have started an arson investigation.

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