© Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
A firefighter sprays water at dawn this morning on Davis Lodge, the former seniors home that burned near Tignish overnight.
TIGNISH — Firefighters were called to Davis Lodge, an abondoned former seniors' facility near Tignish early this morning after the building caught fire.
An excavator is now on scene to bring the remaining portion of the building down as a safety precaution.
Tignish Fire Chief Harley Perry says the vacant Davis Lodge in St Felix was so badly damaged that the whole building must be brought down.
Tignish fire department was called to the scene around 5 a.m., and called in four neighbouring Halloween-weary departments for assistance.
Although the building had sat idle for about 15 years, Perry said the structure appeared sound prior to the suspicious fire.
RCMP and assistant fire marshal Robert Arsenault are on the scene investigating.
For Arsenault, it is his third fire investigation of the night in western Prince County. Around midnight, the O'Leary fire department fought a fire at an abandoned house in Milo.
Miminegash fire department was called out to a fire in St. Edward around 2:30 a.m. Tignish firefighters were not home long from assisting with that call when they were summoned to Davis Lodge.
The newer, single-storey section of the lodge was reduced to charred posts but the two-storey section was still standing. Perry said it was so badly damaged that it was unsafe to enter and would need to be knocked down.