Fire severly damages South River home
An afternoon fire caused extensive damage to a split-level home in South River on Thursday (Oct. 10).
Just after 11 a.m., a blaze broke out at a home on Hillview Place in the Conception Bay North community. Members of the Bay de Grave Regional Fire Department attended the scene just after 11:30 a.m, according to Fire Chief Jeremy Hall.
“Within four minutes we had the first pumper on scene,” he said.
Ironically, members of the Bay de Grave department were at nearby All Hallows in North River giving a presentation as a part of Fire Prevention Week. “We were already geared up,” said Hall. The damage done to the house is extensive. The front foyer area and attic area is completely burned out and charred, and the front windows broken.
Firefighters were forced to cut a set of holes in the roof to the right of the main entrance and melted siding above the two-door garage dangles from the building.
Hall said crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes of arriving on scene and put out by 2:30 p.m.
“Had four attack lines and using fire suppression foam as well,” said Hall. “We hit her hard.”
While the exterior of the home and attic were charred, a number of personal items, including signed hockey jerseys were salvaged.
A RCMP fire investigator was on scene Thursday and determined the cause of the fire to be electrical, as it started in the junction box in the front overhang.
A young family owns the home, but luckily, there was no one home at the time of the fire and no one hurt.
Remarkably, Bay de Grave only had nine members of the regular 24 available to battle the blaze. “We dig in like termites,” said Hall. Hall said the home had fire insurance.