Fire marshal's office investigating fire in Springhill

Published on August 9, 2017

The Rollways Motel in Springhill following a n Aug. 8th fire. The provincial fire marshall's office is investigating.

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SPRINGHILL, N.S. - Residents of the former mining town of Springhill are waiting for staff from the Office of the Fire Marshal to arrive in the community later today to investigate an overnight blaze.

Just before midnight last night, Aug. 8,  fire damaged the former Rollways Motel on Church Street. The building has been empty for more than a year.  

It’s the third fire to take place on this corner block this week.  Two  fires on Saturday and Sunday damaged a building at the corner of Drummond and Church streets, just across from the motel.

The recent string of suspicious fires are becoming a major concern for residents of community. The Aug. 8 fire was the first to lead to a neighboring building being evacuated while firefighters from Springhill, Southampton and Oxford attended the blaze.

This summer, there has also been a suspicious fire at a vacant building on Fir Street and  another  vacant property on McGee Street  caught fire twice, on two consecutive nights.