Road closure following fire remains in effect through weekend

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RNC Const. Jim French is elevated in a manlift on Sept. 5 to inspect the scene where three buildings were destroyed at the corner of Duckworth Street and Bates Hill in St. John’s in a fire on Sept. 4. Fire investigator Scott Tilley (left) and firefighter Capt. Craig Cox view the damage from the ground.

A portion of Duckworth Street closed to traffic for over a week is expected to reopen at some point within the next few days, according to the City of St. John’s.

A fire on Sept. 4 destroyed three buildings on the west end of Duckworth Street. Several businesses and apartments were left in ruins. There were no injuries.

Since then, the street has been closed to traffic between McBride’s Hill and New Gower Street. Crews commenced demolition work on Thursday in the area. In a news release, the city said that section of Duckworth Street will remain closed to help facilitate cleanup efforts.

The city said that work will most likely conclude at some point from Sept. 16-20, adding that an update will be provided if necessary on Thursday.

The RNC has already ruled that the fire appeared to be accidental in nature.

Geographic location: Duckworth Street, New Gower Street

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