An abandoned warehouse has been destroyed by fire in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

The Middleton Fire Department and several other departments responded to the scene around 6 pm Sunday in Middleton, N.S.

RCMP traffic control was also on scene, along with Nova Scotia Power. Electricity was disconnected to two customers as a safety precaution.

Residents say they have long worried about the building.

“People who are from Middleton said that it hadn’t been occupied for a long time and have actually been saying it’s a fire hazard and it’s been broken into a few times. So I guess people were just storing stuff in there when the fire started,” says resident Katherine Kirk, who saw the fire.

“When the fire started, it took off pretty easily. It was the back part of the building that first caught fire, and then obviously it spread through.”

The Middleton fire chief says the building is a write-off and will have to be demolished.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.