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House destroyed in Monday afternoon St. John's fire


One woman helped from home

St. John’s Regional fire department crews from various stations were called to a structure fire at a home on Blackhead Crescent Monday afternoon.

The 911 calls came in just before 4 p.m. reporting smoke in the area and upon arrival crews were met with heavy smoke and flames issuing from the bungalow.

Crews were seen on the roof venting smoke from the home and pouring water down inside.

Water was being trucked in using the Paradise station water tanker and it was being filled from a hydrant by Strickland’s Auto Salvage on Blackhead Road. As firefighters were waiting for water, fire flared up again but they got it knocked down.

The home has been heavily damaged by the fire and crews are still pouring water into the home.

Reports at scene also indicate that a female resident had to be helped from the home and was lucky to escape. It's unknown if the woman was injured.

Crews were also concerned with a large propane tank in home’s basement but they were able to shut it off and lower the danger.

Newfoudland Power crews have cut power to the home and Eastern Health paramedics were also there on standby in case they are needed.

The RNC had the roadway closed to vehicular traffic. A few vehicles were also moved from the premises as firefighters went about their work.

The residents are also giving statements to RNC members across the street on a private lot and RNC fire investigators will be on hand Tuesday to look into the cause of the blaze.

More details will be provided as they become available.

-This story has been edited to add additional details-

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