Fire guts house in Buckmaster's Circle

Joe Gibbons
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St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 176 Buckmaster's Circle just before 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

The first crews on the scene were met with smoke from upstairs bedroom windows.


The first front line firefighters dragged their water charged inch-and-a-half attack lines upstairs through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) attached dwelling and smashed out the glass windows to allow the smoke to escape from the home and began soaking the flames.


Around 11:15 a.m., firefighter Craig Smith from the Central fire station, emerged through the front door with Bennie, a male cat about five years old, and carried him to his emotional owner, a lady resident of the home, who stood a few doors to the east.



Crews were cleared from the scene just after the noon hour.


Paramedic crews from Eastern Health were on the scene as a precaution but their services were not needed. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Housing

Geographic location: Buckmaster

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  • veronica butler
    April 21, 2014 - 01:23

    sure the houses are gone,rottet,eves coming part,leakage,not up to fire regulations,I had a inspection,and mine was condemed,i live next store to this house.So do the age of the bldgs,they are not fit to live in.I was told they were going to get them updated but i heard nothing back yet,they are gone litterly,not by fault of tenant but by age of the houses,my floors are room and kitchen leaks.How can u fix what cant nailed shut.bath tub inclosure gone.IM stressed to the max ,the housing told me it needs a full over haul and i wont be able to stay ,and where they put me ,is to be forced upon a transfer.I lived here 20 yrs ,i had one inspection.The other day they told me they get back to me .im still waiting ,redidulous.The family that got gutted by firer the smoke detector didn;t work.I got to call back see what they are planning ,it was sad to see but glad noone got hurt. Housing got to shape up ,place people elsewhere and tear these down gone boys shes gone .Honestly shot so rotted ,i cant fix whats gone ,thats their job.I can only say after 20 yrs what do u exspect not a doll house ,they never keeped maintaince up over the years ,then this is what happens,should have a fire exquishers in houses but none ,one smoke detector on three level ,when i asked about it ,they told me back then they were only needed by bedrooms.But now a inspector tells me they are all being updated,and be inspected every 6 months.Sure they could all burn by then.IM SHOCKED, and the fire dept knows they are way out of date .The inspectors came here the 5th .It's sad cause i like my home back to what it was,i will be contacting them tomarrow cause now im in limbo.......what are they doing?mine is in slings ,im exspecting a grand child they cant just place me in a one bedroom,ill need 2 or 3 ,cause my son moved out,but hey he could move back.What will i do then?Its terrible living in such a ran down house.Anyway ill get answers tomarrow one way or another,ill keep you up to date.

  • frances bartlett
    April 20, 2014 - 13:35

    Sorry to hear of what has happened to of the house of her son and the mother and glad to have the cat from there safe also .