Bad Monday morning for Nova Scotia lawyer at court, fire destroys car in parking lot

Harry Sullivan, The Truro Daily News
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TC MEDIA  -Rob Sutherland looked on at the remains of his still smoldering car and expressed a note of relief.

“I could’ve been driving it,” the Pictou lawyer said, of his badly damaged 2005 Ford Freestyle, which had just been extinguished by Truro firefighters Monday morning.

“I only arrived about 20 minutes before I was alerted,” he said, while standing in the parking lot of the provincial court building.

“I was having an interview with the Crown (attorney) on a file.”

Truro Fire Department chief Blois Currie said his members were called out at 9:17 a.m. April 27  to respond to a blaze in the vehicle’s engine compartment.

At the fire’s peak, flames shot several feet in the air from under the hood and grill areas of the vehicle.

 “We’ll send it off to the pound here and we’ll have our inspector look at it later on,” Currie said, regarding the effort to determine the cause of the blaze.

While the final damage analysis will be left to the insurance company, Currie said, based on his experience he figured the vehicle would be deemed a write-off.

Sutherland said the vehicle showed no signs of anything being amiss during his drive to Truro.

“It was operating really well,” he said. “I had driven in from Pictou for clients this morning and it had been running well.”

Organizations: Ford Freestyle, Truro Fire Department

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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