Update: House fire caused by lightning strike under control

Published on August 9, 2014

A house fire that was apparently started by a lightning strike on Tolt Road in Portugal Cove - St. Philip’s appears to be under control.

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department was able to get an aerial truck down a narrow winding driveway to access the top right hand of the house where the fire was burning.


The community’s local fire department was having trouble reaching the flames with enough water due to the height of the house and the narrowness of the driveway. They called for aerial support.


Nobody was home when the fire broke out.



Earlier story:

Aerial support has been called to aid in a house fire on Tolt Road in Portugal Cove - St. Philips.

The community’s fire department is on the scene and are trying to get enough water up to the top right hand corner of the house which was struck by lightning. Crews are reportedly having difficulties getting enough water up to the flames due to the height of the house and are also being hindered by the narrow driveway.


The Telegram will have more on this story as it becomes available.




This an edited version of the earlier story