Seven Nova Scotians displaced after fires burned through two homes Friday night

Seven Nova Scotians have been displaced after fires tore through two homes Friday night.

The first fire broke out in a mini-home on Antrim Road in Carroll’s Corner near Elmsdale displacing a mother and her two sons, aged 12 and 7.

They are currently staying with friends and receiving assistance from the Red Cross to help with emergency purchases.

The second fire damaged a house that contained three apartments in downtown Bridgewater just before 2 a.m. displacing four adults.

Sherry Lohnes is a neighbor and witnessed this fire, she said she was about to go to bed when she noticed how bright it was outside of her window.

“I opened curtains, and the whole side of the building was engulfed in flames. At the same time that I'm going holy smokes, the police and the firemen are banging on the doors for us to evacuate here,”

Bridgewater fire chief Michael Nauss said flames were shooting 15 to 20 feet above the home, but he says crews were able to gain control quickly.

“We had the fire knocked down within the first three or four minutes. We stayed there approximately an hour and a half after, to make sure there were no hot spots left.

Three of the houses occupants are staying with relatives, and one man is receiving assistance from the Red Cross for emergency lodging, food and clothing.

No injuries were reported from either fire.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Emily Baron Cadlof