Goose Bay Sports, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, burned down today. The sporting goods and electronics store (originally called Derby's) had been a staple in the community since the mid-60's. — Photo by Derek Montague/TC Media
At approximately 7 a.m. this morning, a fire broke out at the Goose Bay Sports in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The fire spread quickly and burnt the business to the ground.
Firefighters, originally, responded to a small fire at the store at 1 a.m. The fire was put out and RCMP officers monitored the situation. It is not yet clear what caused the major fire to flare up six hours after the smaller one was successfully doused.
Remarkably. the fire affected no other buildings. Goose Bay Sports was sandwiched between The United Church and a bar called Maxwell’s. Also, the owners of Goose Bay Sports lived in a house directly behind their store. Yet, all these buildings remained untouched by the fire.
Firefighters had to be extra cautious while fighting the fire because Goose Bay Sports sold ammunition. At one point the fire caused the ammo to go off, while firefighters were at work, causing loud popping and cracking noises.
For precautionary reasons, power was cut off to many local businesses and houses in the Valley while the fire was being put out. According to a Hydro worker at the scene, the outage affected 300-400 customers.