UPDATE: Vacant house damaged by fire in St. John's

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A vacant house was extensively damaged by fire this morning in St. John’s.

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department’s Brookfield and Mount Pearl fire stations responded to a structure fire at 1034 Blackmarsh Road just before 10 a.m. this morning

The 911 call came from the Re/Max office on the corner of Blackmarsh and Topsail roads. The house was vacant and boarded up at the time.

Supt. Don Byrne of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, said on arrival, crews were met with heavy smoke coming from the home.

After firefighters forced entry into the home, Byrne said at the scene, "we found a fair amount of fire in the basement area and that was extinguished very quickly and now they're just doing an overhaul to make sure any fire extension has been captured before we leave."

Firefighters had to remove the plywood from the boarded-up windows and then use axes to break out the glass to let the smoke out of the home.

The investigation continues into the cause of the blaze.

Blackmarsh Road was closed to traffic east of the Topsail Road intersection and west-bound traffic was diverted down through the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery back onto Topsail Road.

Firefighting crews left the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and the road was then reopened to traffic. No injuries were reported.


(Earlier story)

A section of Blackmarsh Road from Topsail Road to Canada Drive in St. John's is closed to east and west-bound traffic, as a result of a house fire.

A vacant boarded-up house at 1034 Blackmarsh road caught fire around 9:30 a.m.

Supt. Don Byrne of the St. John's Regional Fire Department said upon arrival, there was heavy smoke showing and when they gained entry, they found fire burning in the basement of the home. Firefighters had to break out boarded-up windows to remove thef plywood to let smoke leave building.

No injuries were reported.


(Earlier story)

Members of the St. John's Regional Fire Department are currently on the scene of a fire in St. John's.

Smoke has been billowing out of a home at the intersection of Blackmarsh Road and Topsail Road.

The fire was reported around 9:30 a.m.

The Telegram will have more details later.


Geographic location: St. John's, Blackmarsh Road, Topsail Road

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  • Jon
    December 06, 2013 - 09:26

    I believe this house actually is in Mount Pearl.