Fire at race track deemed suspicious


  • <p>FACEBOOK/TRACY FOX</p><p>Firefighters working to contain a blaze at the Roughneck Off-Road Racing facility near Liverpool September 12, which is deemed suspicious.</p>

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A fire at the Roughneck Off-Road Racing facility near Old Port Mouton Road September 12 has been deemed suspicious in nature by the Queens District RCMP.

Emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 6 p.m.

The Liverpool Fire Department was able to extinguish fires to three separate vehicles, "which are believed to be suspicious in nature. The vehicles were non-functioning prior to the fire and no one was injured," the RCMP reported in a news release.

Captain John Long of the Liverpool Fire Department said 20 members and four units attended and they were at the scene for about 90 minutes.

"Thankfully it was spotted quickly. It could have been a lot worse," said Pam Inness-Westhaver, president of the Roughneck Off-Road club.

The three old cars were parked near some newer vehicles and some construction equipment. They were all in an area close to some woods.

Inness-Westhaver said her brother-in-law was headed to the track to prepare for the September 18-19 race weekend when he noticed what he first thought was a cloud of dust. As he approached the scene he saw that three stock cars were on fire and called 911.

It was noted that one of the canteen buildings at the track had been broken into and about $300 worth of supplies were stolen, including a propane tank, and a beer can was left at the scene.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the Queens District RCMP at 902-354-5721 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or through the secure web tip line at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

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