Firefighters needed to use trucks to bring in water to douse a roaring fire on Mount Scio in St. John's. 

When the first crews arrived on the scene on Mount Scio Road — a winding strip that winds through Pippy Park — they found a house engulfed in flames. Neighbours said the couple who lived there was out of town.

About 20 firefighters from three stations responded to the fire, which was first reported as a brush fire around 7:30 p.m. Flames from the blaze were so bright, they could be seen from various vantage points across St. John's. 

With no nearby hydrants, crews had to shuttle water in from more than a kilometre away. Traffic in the area was temporarily shut down.

Fire department Supt. Derek Chafe says while the home was destroyed, crews were able to limit further damage.

"There was a garage that was probably 40 or 50 feet away from the home that just had some metal siding but that's OK. We kept the fire from spreading to that, so the fire was just restricted to the home," Chafe said.

The home was associated with the Northern Coalition, a fisheries advocacy group.

Nearby buildings belonging to the Rainbow Riders and Easter Seals were not affected.

Investigators are looking into the cause.