House in Lourdes destroyed by fire

Frank Gale
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Cause of Lourdes house fire undetermined

LOURDES — The official cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Lourdes during the early morning hours of Thursday was deemed undetermined.

Bay St. George RCMP Const. Kris LeGresley said Thursday afternoon that the single family dwelling was insured, but he didn’t know the value.

The RCMP received a report from the Lourdes Fire Department at 4:13 a.m. that members of the department were currently at the scene. The Lourdes Fire Department received the initial call around 3:30 a.m. and, when they arrived, the residence was engulfed in flames.

RCMP officers arrived on scene and were advised that due to high winds and downed power lines, it was not safe at that time for the firefighters to fight the fire.

At 6:16 a.m. personnel with Newfoundland Power arrived to address the issue of the downed power lines and firefighters watered down the scene. The house and its contents were destroyed.

Fire Chief Richard Poirier said by the time his department received the call and arrived at the scene, which is only about a kilometer from the fire hall, that the home was already three-quarters burned.

“We couldn’t take any chances and cross the driveway with the live wire down, especially since it was that far along anyway. The safety of our firefighters is the first consideration,” he said.

Poirier said it was lucky that it was wet out or the grass on the other side of the road would also have caught fire and likely spread to the woods.

He said it was an older home and estimated that it was more than 30 years old. Although Poirier said he had heard that the house wasn’t occupied for some time now, police did say that there was still electricity on in the building.

LeGresley said the home’s owner was out of townat the time of the fire. Although the fire is not believed to be suspicious, the investigation is ongoing.


Geographic location: Lourdes

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