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Fire extensively damages Kilbride house

Covered in insulation particles from battling a fire inside a burning house, firefighter Darrell Pennell (front) gets his breathing apparatus changed with assistance from fellow firefighter Matt Mercer before heading back into the home. — Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Covered in insulation particles from battling a fire inside a burning house, firefighter Darrell Pennell (front) gets his breathing apparatus changed with assistance from fellow firefighter Matt Mercer before heading back into the home. — Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Crews from various St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) stations responded to a house fire at 6 Fahey Street Extension in Kilbride on Wednesday.

Upon arrival, the first responding crews, from the Brookfield Fire Station, were met with heavy smoke and fire coming from the house.

Once the blaze was under control, the on-scene commander Capt. Blair Mayo of the Brookfield Station told the media that “shortly after 11 o’clock this morning, we received a call from the homeowner reporting a structure fire here at the home. When we arrived we had a lot of fire and smoke coming from the front upstairs bedroom of the split-level home.

“Our guys made entry and knocked the fire down quickly and confined it to the bedroom, and searched the whole house to make sure there was nobody in there.”

Fowler said there was a young woman in the downstairs of the home who was unaware of the fire, and firefighters awoke her and helped her leave the house safely. She was checked by Eastern Health paramedics for “minor injuries.”

Once the fire was put out, Fowler said, as a precautionary measure, firefighters hauled down the ceilings to make sure the fire had not spread.

The home received heavy fire, smoke and water damage. The fire which is being investigated by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary fire investigation team.

 

joe.gibbons@thetelegram.com

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