Evening fire levels Butlerville home

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on May 13, 2014
Members of the Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department battle a fire at a home in Butlerville on Mayh 13.
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass

It could still be a couple of hours until members of the Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department clear the scene of a serious house fire in Butlerville on May 13.


As of 11 p.m., fire fighters had been battling the fire for almost three hours and Fire Chief Adam Norman anticipated an even longer battle.

"I expect us to be here until the early morning hours," he said.

Norman said a piece of heavy equipment was en route to the scene with designs to knock down the home's charred frame.

Just after 9:30 p.m. a crew from Newfoundland Power arrived to cut the home's power.

The fire, which started just before 8 p.m., was a challenge for the department.

When the department arrived on scene, the house was already engulfed and flames were shooting from the roof of the two-storey building.

It made it impossible for an interior attack, according to Norman, and the 28 department members who responded to the call were forced to attack from the ground up.

"If the wind had've been a different direction, it could have been a lot worse," said Norman.

The home was originally built as a bungalow, and later had the second floor added in a renovation.

A shed at the back of the property was also destroyed, while a number of surrounding homes had smoke and water damage. 

There was no one home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

"This was a fairly serious fire," said Norman.