UPDATE: No injuries in house fire in Paradise

Glen Whiffen
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No one was injured in a house fire this morning in the Town of Paradise.

The owners were not at home at the time and the family dog was located by firefighters and let out of the house. It could be seen running down Lanark Drive in the Octagon Heights area of Paradise where the fire occurred.

The dog is now being cared for by neighbours, who say it appeared frightened, but seems otherwise OK.

The fire was reported by neighbours who saw smoke coming from the upstairs of the home shortly before 9 a.m. this morning. Firefighters with the St. John's Regional Fire Department who responded said the fire originated in a bedroom, but the cause is not yet known.

Firefighters had to break windows in the home to ventilate it after smoked filled the interior.

Smoke could be seen from the upper level when firefighters arrived and it quickly filled the interior.

They are still on the scene, ventilating the house, but appear to have the blaze under control.

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Firefighters had to break windows in a home on Lanark Drive in the Octagon Heights area of Paradise to ventilate the home after a fire occurred shortly before 9 a.m. this morning.

Smoke could be seen from the upper level when firefighters arrived and it quickly filled the interior.

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department are still on the scene, but appear to have the blaze under control and are now ventillating the house.

There didn't appear to be anyone home, except the family dog. Firefighters were successful in finding the the dog and letting him out of the house. He could be seen running down the street.

The Telegram will provide updates as soon as more information is available.

 

Geographic location: Paradise, St. John's, Octagon Heights

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  • Bob
    August 28, 2013 - 12:24

    "Paradise" should be renamed "Hell".It's home to all the baymen who want to live near St.John's but don't want to be considered "townies".

  • DOG ???
    August 28, 2013 - 12:12

    Dogs are not stupid, he knew long before anyone showed up that there was an issue, and he bolted when he got the chance - I'd do the same thing. I'm more concerned about the fire. Is it me or has there been an increase in newer homes catching fire these days. Is the STJ fire dept keeping track of stats on this. It wouldn't surprise me the way new homes are slapped up these days, little to no quality control. I'm in a fairly new home and the electrical is wicked. One minor issue after another. If I build again, I'll be a lot more involved in the construction next time around. Having said that - there are alot more gadgits these days that create heat, (straighteners, curling irons, etc) that are sometime forgotten and left on. We have two childeren, (teens) and everything we buy has the auto shut off feature JUST IN CASE!!!

  • Billie
    August 28, 2013 - 11:01

    Maybe they opened the door and the dog being so scared he ran! Our dog does that when we come home sometimes and even though you're only opening the door a little dogs can slip out. This dog didn't recognize anyone so I guess his reaction was to bolt. At least they got him out of the burning home and he is safe now!!

  • yo mama
    August 28, 2013 - 10:55

    M- Pretty sure the fire was their first concern, Hippie.

  • Mike
    August 28, 2013 - 10:44

    The dog was probably confused by all the detours!

  • M
    August 28, 2013 - 07:55

    Couldn't they of gotten the dog to safety insteading of letting him run around on the street?