Firefighters from St. John’s Regional Fire Department fought a blaze in three buildings on Bates Hill at Duckworth Street in downtown St. John’s Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. There were no injuries and some residences and businesses in the area were evacuated. Flames shot from the buildings and thick smoke filled the area streets with many being shut down. Power was also cut to the area. The buildings could not be saved but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent and nearby buildings.