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Arrest made in fatal Halifax fire

Jan. 8, 2015, Halifax - The RCMP say a 30-year-old man has been arrested after a fatal house fire in Halifax in which at least two people died.

January 8, 2015
By The Canadian Press

Police and firefighters were waiting to enter the home to determine if more victims were inside.

Deputy fire Chief Roy Hollett says they have not entered the building early today because the first and second floors collapsed.

RCMP Cpl. Karine Bernier said earlier they were looking for a third person who was unaccounted for.

She said a man was taken into custody at about 12:45 a.m. after someone rammed two police vehicles with a car in the Milford area, about a half-hour drive from the scene.

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Bernier said no officers were injured in the incident, which she said was linked to the fire.

Fire and emergency crews were sent to the home on Old Guysborough Road around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The home is in a rural, wooded area about 25 kilometres northeast of Halifax Stanfield International Airport and not far from Dollar Lake Provincial Park.

A spokesman for the Halifax Regional Municipality said one problem in fighting the fire was a metal roof that kept the interior of the house extremely hot.