Firefighters from three different fire departments converged on the north end of Pouch Cove Friday morning to battle a major blaze in an apartment complex.
One resident who lived nearby said that he smelled the smoke while he was making breakfast, and looked outside to see flames 20 metres high.
A section of an apartment building under construction was destroyed by fire in Pouch Cove Friday morning. Firefighters responded to the call at about 8 a.m. and arrived to find the middle section of the building completely ablaze. There were no injuries. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The call came in just before 8 a.m. and along with the Pouch Cove volunteer fire department, Torbay volunteer firefighters as well as firefighers from St. John’s were on scene.
The townhouse-style building was still under construction. Electricity had been hooked up in the units at one end, but workers who were doing the construction said that there was no power to the middle portion of the building, where the fire happened.
The workers said the complex was almost finished; they were working on paint and drywall inside.
Pouch Cove Mayor Joedy Wall spoke to reporters mid-morning, while firefighters were just mopping up the last of the hot spots.
“It is a loss to the town. There have been many people interested in this, wanting to get their names put down for this seniors’ complex,” he said.
But even though the fire gutted the middle units, Wall said that firewalls within the building kept it from spreading, and workers should be able to salvage the rest of it.
Nobody was in the building at the time of the blaze, and there were no reports of injuries.