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House fire on Thorburn Road causes extensive damage to kitchen Monday night

No injuries during incident, Red Cross assisting family

A house fire has displaced an extended family of four on Monday night in Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The fire, at 1120 Thorburn Road, caused extensive damage to the home’s kitchen and filled the structure with smoke.

Deputy chief Ed Sharpe of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s volunteer fire department said that when personnel arrived on scene shortly after 7 p.m., there was smoke coming from the home and the homeowner was outside the structure.

Firefighters deployed attack lines and were able to knock down the blaze, but not before the kitchen were damaged.

In addition, several windows were knocked out to vent the heat from the fire.

A large fan was deployed after the fire was extinguished to clear the smoke that had accumulated throughout the home.

Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross are assisting with emergency lodging, clothing and food purchases and other basics for the family.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were called in for traffic control and had to close a small section of the main road. Firefighters also rescued a large cat that had been hiding in the house and it was unharmed.

There were no injuries from the fire.

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