In conditions like the people of Newfoundland and Labrador found themselves on Jan.4 , there is a certain group everyone depends on.
They are first responders.
That was no different in the early hours of Sunday (Jan. 5) when a fire broke out in a home in Shearstown.
The Bay Roberts Volunteer Department were on the scene just after 1:30 a.m. to combat the blaze.
For four-and-a-half hours fire fighters, many of them fighting sleep, battled the fire. When they arrived on scene, the roof had already collapsed, making things difficult.
“We had to fight outside the fire,” said Fire Chief Clarence Russell.
At the time, the communities of Shearstown and Butlerville were still without power after the previous day’s province-wide outage.
Russell, working on very little sleep over the past two days, said that situation “helped if anything.”
“The electricity was already shut off,” he said.
The only minor hindrance for the department was having to dig out a fire hydrant upon arriving on scene.
The cause of the fire is still not known, and Russell said the matter is still under investigation.
There were two adult males - Howard and Tommy Earle - inside the home when the first started, although no one were hurt.
Harold was sent to Carbonear General Hospital for observation due to smoke inhalation.
It was a busy day for the Bay Roberts department.
With a generator powering its pager system, the town responded to approximately 10-12 calls from residents.