Plumes of smoke could be seen in the sky above the Mundy Pond neighbourhood late Thursday night.
A home on Mundy Pond Road near Coefield Street was “extensively” damaged by fire, smoke and water, said St. John’s Regional Fire Department Platoon Chief Roger Hounsell.
He said no one was inside the home when firefighters arrived, and the residents did not show up while fire crews were battling the fire.
Hounsell said it was a rental property, and it’s undetermined how many people might be displaced.
Fire crews and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary cruisers arrived on scene shortly after 11 p.m., and the road was closed to traffic.
“Upon our arrival, we had heavy smoke, so we done an interior attack with two crews, and just done some overhaul - hauling down some ceilings and stuff to see if there was any fire extension,” said Hounsell.
Newfoundland Power disconnected power to the home.
Platoon Chief Dean Foley said firefighters remained on scene until just before 3 a.m.
At that point, he said the scene was left to the RNC for investigation.