Fire sev­erly da­m­ages South River home

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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