UPDATE: Close call in Clarke's Beach

Published on April 27, 2012

A 57-year-old man escaped with burns to his hands and head following a devastating house fire in Clarke's Beach during the very early hours this morning.

The home, located at No. 7 Riverside Avenue, was levelled in the blaze. The dwelling was undergoing an extension and renovation.

The man was asleep in the living room, and was awakened by the smell of smoke. According to family members, he crawled to the rear of the house and escaped through a patio door.

A car parked in front of the house was also damaged, and the siding on a nearby dwelling was melted.

Volunteers with the Bay de Grave regional fire department received the call shortly before 2 a.m. Chief Jeremy Hall was one of the first on the scene, and said the house was completely ablaze by the time he arrived.

It was the third major fire for the brigade in less than three weeks. This includes a tragic fire at another house fire in Clarke's Beach on April 18 that claimed the life of Dorothy Lorraine Anthony.

The latest incident remains under investigation.


A 57-year-old man escaped a Clarke’s Beach house fire early this morning.

The man was taken to Carbonear hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to a RCMP news release.

The Bay De Grave volunteer fire department responded to the call at 2 a.m.

The fire is still under investigation.