Update: Candles believed to be cause of house fire in Corner Brook

Cory Hurley
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UPDATE: CORNER BROOK — Candles are believed to have contributed to the house fire in Corner Brook Saturday evening.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has concluded its investigation, determining it was accidentally caused. The house was unoccupied at the time, and experiencing a power outage. There were no personal injuries, but a cat did in the fire.

Fighting a house fire on a bitterly cold Saturday evening in Corner Brook proved to be a real challenge for firefighters.

Corner Brook fire Chief Neville Wheaton said firefighters had just returned from assisting at the scene of an accident on Gallants Hill near Route 460 (White’s Road) when the house fire call came in at approximately 6:30 p.m.

When the crew arrived at 28 Veteran’s Square smoke and fire was showing outside the home, according to Wheaton. The chief said shortly afterwards flames began engulfing the roof. It appeared the fire had been going some time before the two people who lived there returned home and discovered the blaze.

“When the door came open, it got the air it needed, and grew from that,” he said. “Once a fire gets a hold of a place like that, and gets through the roof, you more or less can’t be inside the building, so we pulled back out.”

The effort turned to trying to control the damage and prevent any destruction of adjacent property.

The difficulty of fighting the fire intensified as a result of the cold evening, said Wheaton. An intake valve on the truck froze, hoses froze to the ground, equipment such as breathing apparatus froze up when taken off and the firefighters themselves were quite cold. A second crew was called in to assist, according to the chief.

“We had water on the truck, but getting water from the hydrant to the truck took a little longer than the norm,” he said.

It was well into the morning before crews left the scene, and firefighters stayed overnight to monitor the situation for flare ups.

“This was a house that had been refurbished on a number of occasions,” Wheaton said. “There was void spaces, where if the fire got into the walls it was difficult to track. There were walls on top of walls, and ceilings on top of ceilings. That made it difficult to fight too.

The homeowner, and family, declined comment Sunday.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating the cause of the fire.

Organizations: Corner Brook Fire Department

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Humber Heights

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  • Citizen
    January 06, 2014 - 08:37

    I would like to express my sympathy to this family. To lose one's home and one's pet...words cannot adequately express how difficult that would be. I am very sorry for the loss this family has endured. May you experience peace of mind with the passage of time.

  • corenazwicker
    January 05, 2014 - 17:25

    where about is this whites rd.

    • sweetmama
      January 06, 2014 - 09:16

      whites road is first turn off going to stephenville