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Crews this morning are working to make sure a fire on Chisholm Avenue in Halifax is completely extinguished
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The fire on Chisholm Ave. was mostly out around 9:00 a.m. (Matthew Moore / NEWS 95.7)

Crews this morning are working to make sure a fire on Chisholm Avenue in Halifax is completely extinguished.

The fire began just after 5:00 p.m. yesterday and the large blaze destroyed a structure at the site.

"It was what we call a defensive fire. We had deemed early into it that no one was going inside," says Halifax District Fire Chief Kevin Dean.

Dean says there were five crews on site at the peak of the fire, and three remained at of about 9:00 a.m. this morning.

"There's very little smoke at this point in time. We just want to make sure that we have everything extinguished before we leave," he explains.

The fire chief says that there's also an excavator on site removing pieces of the wall and ceiling so crews can further extinguish hot spots.

Dean says that residents should stay away from the area as crews are keeping Chisholm Ave. blocked off this morning.

"There's a lot of water that was used and it was fairly cold last night, so there are some slippery places and we wouldn't want anyone to fall and get hurt," he adds.

The chief says an investigator will be coming in to try to determine the cause of the fire.



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