Mattresses lie on the sidewalk outside 23 and 23A Freshwater Rd. in St. John’s after a fire broke out in the residence Tuesday morning. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Firefighters from the central, west end and Kent’s Pond fire stations were dispatched to a possible structure fire at 23 and 23A Freshwater Rd. in St. John’s about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and crews from central were able to see smoke coming from the home as they left their station.
Firefighters entered the home, just east of Leo’s Restaurant, and found a small fire burning in one of the bedrooms of the two-apartment attached home.
They were able to quickly douse the fire and removed three burned and damaged mattresses from the home and placed them on the sidewalk.
All seven occupants of the home were able to escape the residence. One female resident was taken by paramedics to the Health Sciences Centre to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The RNC is investigating the cause of the fire, although firefighters said it appears to have been caused by a person smoking in bed. Smoke eaters were used to ventilate the home.