Quick-moving blaze guts Fall River home

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Quick-moving blaze guts Fall River home

A Fall River, N.S., home was reduced mostly to ashes Thursday after a large, fast-moving fire broke out.

Dozens of firefighters from Halifax-area stations were called to the scene, but the house on Sutherland Drive was fully engulfed and little was left of the structure by early afternoon.

Halifax regional fire and emergency was called by a neighbour shortly before noon, who reported a large volume of smoke and flames coming from the roof, said fire division Chief Dave Meldrum.

The house was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.

A few exterior walls appeared to be the only parts of the house still standing.

"It looks like that home is going to require a replacement," Meldrum said. "We were fortunate no other buildings were exposed. There are good-sized lots in that community and some room between buildings."

Fire investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the blaze, he said.

Some firefighters and a tanker were expected to remain at the site for the remainder of the day.

"They'll have to dig out the remaining hot spots, make sure the fire's completely extinguished. That's going to take a fair amount of time and residents might continue to see tankers on Lockview Road near Fletcher's Lake where they are drawing water from the lake," Meldrum said.