ANTIGONISH: In the early hours of January 8 and  January 12,  Antigonish District RCMP, along with the Tracadie and Havre Boucher Volunteer Fire Departments, responded to two separate house fires.

The homes were abandoned and neither had power or a heat source. Both homes were fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived on scene and were complete losses. No-one was injured in either instance.

Property owners are asked to regularly check abandoned properties to ensure they are secure, and to report suspicious activity to police.

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Antigonish District RCMP is investigating the matter, with assistance from the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Antigonish District RCMP at 902 863-6500. Those who wish to remain anonymous, can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 plus a message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at: www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.