Crews make quick work of house fire in Shea Heights

Firefighters with St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) made quick work of a minor house fire on Druken Crescent in Shea Heights late Tuesday night.

SJRFD Platoon Chief Mike Hall stated that a neighbour heard the smoke alarm sounding in the residence, and called 911. When crews arrived on the scene, shortly before 10:30 p.m., they found smoke inside the home and a fire just inside the door. Firefighters pulled an attack line and quickly brought the fire under control. A fan was used to clear smoke from the home.

There was no one home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The home sustained some localized fire damage, and some smoke damage throughout. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Fire damages centre-city home, displaces residents

A supper-hour fire in the centre of St. John’s damaged a home and displaced its residents on Tuesday.

Several 9-1-1 calls from neighbours were received at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday evening alerting emergency crews to a fire on Mitchell Court. When firefighters arrived they found smoke coming from the home. Once entry was made into the home, crews discovered fire in the basement of the dwelling. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames. No one was home at the time.

The home suffered fire damage in the immediate are of the fire, and some smoke damage throughout. The residents of the home have been displaced.

Traffic on Anderson Avenue was redirected as crews fought the fire.

Quick-thinking neighbour saves home from significant fire damage

A quick-thinking neighbour saved a Mount Pearl home from significant damage Sunday evening.

Shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Sunday firefighters responded to a home on Lady Ann Place in Mount Pearl following reports from a neighbour that the back deck of a home was on fire. When crews arrived they found fire under and on the rear deck of a home. Firefighters were able to douse the flames within minutes, preventing spread of the fire to the house itself, and saving the home from considerable damage.

The homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Shed destroyed by early-morning fire

An early-morning fire destroyed a shed in the centre of St. John’s on Saturday.

Fire crews responded to a reported structure fire on Lemarchant Road at about 5:30 a.m.. First arriving crews discovered a small shed fully ablaze and quickly brought the fire under control.

Firefighters were called back to the scene by police shortly before 9:00 a.m. to douse some smouldering remains.

Police remain on the scene this morning. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.


Overnight fire in Mount Pearl causes extensive damage

An overnight fire on Jeffers Drive in Mount Pearl caused extensive damage to one home, and sent one person to hospital. Firefighters were called to the blaze at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Mike Hall, Platoon Chief with the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, stated they received multiple 911 calls alerting them to the fire. When crews arrived on scene the rear of the attached home was fully involved in fire.

Crews were able to quickly knock down most of the fire, however the home suffered extensive damage, both inside and out. The adjoining home also sustained fire damage to the exterior and some smoke damage inside.

Both residents of the house escaped the fire, with one of them reportedly being taken to hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation. Firefighters also removed a pet bird from the home.

Residents of the neighbouring home were also displaced by the fire. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.

Six people sent to hospital following chlorine leak at Delta Hotel

The Delta Hotel in downtown St. John’s has been evacuated due to exposure of a high concentration chlorine. Six people have been taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for the RNC says police responded to the incident at the Delta Hotel at around 2:30p.m.

Police are on scene to support traffic disruption, and they are asking the public to avoid the area if at possible.

Rovers called to rescue injured hiker

The Rovers Search and Rescue were called to recover a hiker who had become injured Sunday afternoon.

At about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon a 911 call was received reporting a hiker who had injured their foot while on a hiking trail in Pippy Park. Personnel with St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) responded, along with paramedics with Eastern Health, to the popular recreation area known as Three Pond Barrens.

An official with SJRFD stated that after speaking on the phone with the injured party, and considering the fact they were roughly two kilometres from the road, the decision was made to request assistance from the Rovers Search and Rescue team.

The Rovers arrived with an all-terrain vehicle capable of traveling over the snowy trails. Accompanied by a paramedic with Eastern Health they set out to bring the hiker back. Roughly ninety minutes after becoming injured the individual was brought to a waiting ambulance to be transported to hospital for treatment.

The hiker seemed in good spirits despite the ordeal.

Fire crews battle silo fire at Mount Pearl feed mill

Firefighters with St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) spent close to ten hours at the scene of a late-night fire in Mount Pearl.

The call came from a worker at the feed mill, owned by Country Ribbon Incorporated, on Topsail Road. SJRFD Platoon Chief Derek Hunt said the employee was alerted to the fire by a smell likened to burnt popcorn in the air. The worker then detected heat on the outside of the silo, prompting a call to 9-1-1.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, shortly before 9:30 p.m., and opened an access hatch at the side of the silo there was considerable fire inside. Firefighters immediately started pouring water inside to douse the flames. Twenty firefighters, from several stations, attended the scene.

Hunt also said that due to the extent of the burning material and poor access to the fire they opted to use an aerial ladder to spray water through a vent at the top of the silo in an attempt to drown the blaze from above.

Hunt said the blaze could have been much more dangerous. The fire was in a silo that contained a corn product, of similar consistency to popcorn kernels. Had the fire started in a silo containing more finely-ground material they would have been looking at the possibility of an explosion.

Police were forced to close a portion of Topsail Road, just east of the Kenmount Road overpass, as crews needed a fire hydrant across the street. Firefighters were on the scene until 7:00 a.m. the following morning. With limited access points through which to spray water, and the volume of material involved, firefighters were unable to completely extinguish the smouldering material.

The silo suffered some damage to to the heat of the corn burning inside. Officials with Country Ribbon Inc. are at the mill this morning, assessing the situation.

Evening collision sends one person to hospital

A mid-evening collision in the east end of St. John’s sent one person to hospital and caused significant damage to both vehicles involved.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Portugal Cove Road and Prince Philip Drive shortly before 7:00 p.m. following the two-vehicle collision. A pickup truck had collided with a smaller car, causing significant damage to both vehicles. The car came to rest on the opposite side of the intersection, against a traffic light pole.

The driver of the car was helped to a waiting ambulance, where paramedics assessed the individual and later took them to hospital with injuries not believed to be serious. The driver of the pickup truck was also assessed at the scene, however they did not require immediate transport to hospital.

Traffic was slowed at the busy intersection, which is notorious for being a location of frequent motor vehicle collisions.

Single-vehicle crash sends two people to hospital

Two people were taken to hospital Monday evening following a dramatic single-vehicle crash on Pitts Memorial Drive.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m., when the driver of an eastbound car lost control of the vehicle. The car left the road, entered the snow on the shoulder of the road, and traveled along a guardrail. The vehicle then struck the concrete end of the bridge over Richard Nolan Drive before coming to rest on the overpass.

The force of the collision sent debris flying across the road, some of which came to rest in the opposing lanes of the highway. Both east- and west-bound lanes of the highway were closed for some time, the former was closed for close to an hour until the scene could be cleared.

Both occupants of the car were taken to hospital with injuries not believed at the time to be serious in nature.

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