News release

Fire Destroys Antigonish Plow Shed

Backup plows from around Nova Scotia are on their way to Antigonish to fill in for three provincial plows lost in a fire at the Antigonish Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal plow shed on Highway 104.

Nobody was hurt in the fire which started around noon but the nine-bay shed was destroyed. Department officials are making arrangements to clear area roads during a storm expected to hit the area this evening.

"We’re glad no one was hurt but we did lose some important equipment," said district director Gerard Jessome. "With bad weather coming our way, this is not ideal, but other districts around the province have very quickly stepped up to provide some equipment.

"We'll do our best to keep the roads around Antigonish in excellent condition but we are asking for residents' patience should there be unexpected delays in clearing."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Backup plows from around Nova Scotia are on their way to Antigonish to fill in for three provincial plows lost in a fire at the provincial plow shed in Antigonish.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is sending in replacement plows from other areas in the province to clear highways in the Antigonish area during a storm expected to hit later this evening.

District director Gerard Jessome says the department’s staff will do their best to keep area roads in excellent condition but is asking for patience from area residents.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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