A home in Renews on Newfoundland's Southern Shore was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

Fire departments from Fermeuse and Ferryland responded to the blaze, but RCMP say crews were unable to save the structure on O'Toole's Road.

RCMP said the garage contents were saved from the fire thanks to community members who moved items to a safe distance from the home as firefighters kept the flames down.

The house was originally built in 1865 and was owned by the Catholic church, but has been privately owned for the last number of years.

Neighbour Gina Kane said the residence used to be the local priest's residence, and also a former bed and breakfast.

RCMP said they don't believe the fire was suspicious.

House fire in Renews

Fire crews from Ferryland and Fermeuse were called to fight a house fire in Renews. (Submitted by Gina Kane)

With files from Azzo Rezori and Geoff Bartlett