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House fire sends two people to hospital in St. John's late Thursday night

Two people were taken to hospital following a house fire on Albany Place in St. John’s late Thursday night.

The fire was reported to the St. John’s Regional Fire Department just before midnight and when firefighters arrived on scene, they found fire and smoke coming from the upper floor of the two-story home. Initial reports indicated there were people inside the burning home but all occupants from both units were out when firefighters arrived.

The firefighters laid an attack line to the home and had the fire under control in minutes but the upper floor suffered extensive damage before the blaze was eventually extinguished.

As the initial fire attack was taking place, two other firefighters were busy digging down through nearly two metres of snow to a nearby fire hydrant so a supply line could be established to the pumper on scene. Platoon chief Paul Chaytor said those two firefighters were actually extra personnel brought to the scene for that specific task and in response to the recent heavy snow left from last Friday’s record-setting storm.

Two dogs also escaped the blaze and they were spotted sitting in the back of an RNC cruiser.

The two victims suffered smoke inhalation but their injuries were not considered serious.

There were no other injuries and the incident is under investigation.

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