One man was injured in a house fire in central St. John's Friday night.

Firefighters got the call around 11 p.m., and arrived on the scene at Calver Avenue within minutes.

"They were met with heavy fire coming out of the back and side of the house, and heavy smoke," said St. John's Regional Fire Department Supt. Don Byrne.

Crews from three stations responded.

The injured man was renting the basement apartment in the house.

He suffered first and second-degree burns to his hands and legs, and his eyebrows were singed.

The owner of the house wasn't home at the time, but said his cat died in the fire.

The house received extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

The cause remains under investigation.