But assistant deputy fire chief Dean Kean said the crew was able to get a hold on the blaze and, despite being extensively damaged, the structure of the home was still intact once firefighters completed their work.
Kean said the fire call for 14 Cook’s Ave., on the city’s east side, was received at the Corner Brook Fire Department at 11:11 a.m. No one was in the home at the time.
“It was fully involved with smoke when we got here and we did an aggressive interior attack. Then it got a little stubborn and went through the building,” said Kean, adding the home had a few levels to it, and the fire moved through it.
“It wasn’t one of those you just knock down and walk away from. It got into the roof.”
He said the firefighters then had to open up the roof for ventilation.
Kean wasn’t sure if the building contained more than one residence, but from the road the electrical hookup to the home looked like it had two separate meters on it.
Kean said the fire department was not able to determine the cause of the fire, and the scene has been turned over to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Once the fire department left at around 1:30 p.m., an RNC patrol car parked in the driveway to monitor the scene. A fire hose left connected to a hydrant ran down the narrow street and into the driveway.
The RNC says a forensic identification officer and fire investigation officer will continue their investigation today.
Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact the RNC at 637-4100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.