Fire causes scare on St. John’s street of row houses

Published on April 20, 2017

Firefighters on the scene of a house fire Thursday on Monroe Street in St. John's.

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Some neighbours were told to evacuate their homes and some pets had to be rescued from an adjacent house when fire crews responded to a fire call at 52 Monroe St. in St. John’s Thursday morning.

St. John's Regional Fire Department firefighters get ready to enter 52 Monroe Street April 20, 2017 after they knocked down a fire at the St. John's home that caused heavy smoke inside.

Newfoundland Power was also called to the scene and cut power to the street of row houses while members of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department battled the blaze at No. 52.

Newfoundland Power crews restore power that had been cut off on Monroe Street in St. John's to allow firefighters to safely deal with a fire at No. 52.

“Our crews were met with heavy smoke when they went in through the doors of the dwelling,” Renouf said. “They made their way to the back of the dwelling and up the stairway where they found heavy smoke and fire. The fire was contained to the second level.

St. John's Regional Fire Department firefighters enter 52 Monroe Street April 20, 2017 after they knocked down a fire at the St. John's home that caused heavy smoke inside.

“We were worried about the fire extending when we first got here but we were able to cut off the fire before it got into the two adjacent dwellings.” 

No one was home at the time the fire started, Renouf said. 

Firefighters check for hotspots on the roof of a home on Monroe Street in St. John's Thursday, April 20, 2017.

He said there was extensive damage to the dwelling the fire originated in, and the two adjacent houses suffered some smoke damage.