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Family displaced after fire in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s

A family has been displaced following a late-afternoon fire in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Crews with the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene, on Drukens Lane, at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. Chief Fred Hollett stated they were alerted to the fire by the homeowner, who found smoke coming from the dwelling upon their return. When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire inside the home.

Despite a quick knock-down of the flames, the home suffered significant fire damage. It was also noted the fire could have been much more destructive had the homeowner opened the front door.

There was no one inside the home at the time, and no injuries were reported. It took firefighters little over an hour to douse the flames and ensure no hot spots remained.

Evening collision sends several to hospital

Several people were sent to hospital Monday evening following a collision in Portugal Cove – St. Philips.

At about 6:15 p.m. emergency crews were called to a stretch of Indian Meal Line, just east of Olympic Drive, following reports of the two-vehicle collision. Upon arrival on the scene, crews found two vehicles significantly damaged, one of which lying in a ditch partially submerged in water.

The two vehicles contained a combined five occupants, at least three of whom were taken to hospital. The nature of their injuries was not immediately known, however it was reported no injuries were considered life-threatening.

Initially, crews from the Torbay Volunteer Fire Department were also called, until it could be determined in which jurisdiction the collision had occurred. Indian Meal Line was closed in the area as emergency crews worked, and as the scene was cleared.

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