One person is dead as a result of a fire that broke out on 184 Mount Scio Rd. in St. John’s early Tuesday morning.
While RNC did not release any further details, a neighbour told The Telegram at the scene that an elderly man lived in the house. Police later confirmed there was a fatality.
Platoon chief Brian Tucker of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department said when firefighters arrived shortly after midnight, the two-storey home was already engulfed in smoke and flames.
When The Telegram arrived, firefighters were still setting up attack lines and flames were shooting out of the windows and right side of the structure.
Tucker said there were no fire hydrants in the area, but they were able to hook into a supply of water at Easter Seals House next door.
A tanker truck from the Paradise station was also brought to the scene as a precaution in case water needed to be shuttled from the closest hydrant.
A neighbour who knew the elderly man who lived in the house stood by as firefighters fought the intense flames.
Once the blaze was mostly extinguished, firefighters could be seen searching the home from the outside. Tucker said the inside of the home was too unstable to do an immediate interior search.
More details will be provided when available.
With files from Keith Gosse of The Telegram