September 9, 2019 11:58 am
Updated: September 9, 2019 2:19 pm

Youth arrested after house fire on McIntosh Street in Halifax

Emergency officials responded to reports of a house fire on McIntosh Street in Halifax.

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Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency says there are no injuries after a house fire on McIntosh Street on Monday.

Deputy fire chief Dave Meldrum told Global News emergency units were dispatched to a home on McIntosh Street at approximately 10 a.m. after receiving reports of a room on fire.

When firefighters arrived, officials say they found smoke venting quickly from the first floor of the single-family home.

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While battling the blaze, officials were informed by a dispatcher that there could be chemicals in the home. This led to Halifax fire officials calling in their hazardous material teams.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire.

The cause of the house fire on McIntosh Street remains under investigation.

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Halifax Regional Police say their preliminary investigation “provided concerns for public safety” as incendiary devices were found on the property.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire, but investigators found small quantities of undisclosed chemicals at the scene.

Meldrum says that none of the chemicals is considered hazardous and that the fire is now out.

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Police say that a youth has been arrested in relation to the investigation and that officers are expected to be on scene for an extended period of time.

Residences surrounding the home have been evacuated and police are asking the public to stay away from the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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