A fire that broke out on the doorstep of a key fire station in St. John's Tuesday was extinguished within minutes, bringing relief to a neighbourhood of row houses.

"This morning, it was a very quick, aggressive attack," said Capt. Craig Cox, describing a fire reported just before 6:30 a.m. in a row house on Freshwater Road, just two blocks away from the Central Fire Station.

The fire was limited to a bedroom inside one of the apartments in the building.

"Damage to the inside of the structure was very minimal," Cox told CBC News. "Most of the damage was contained to the mattresses. Once they got removed, crews could go in then, do overhaul and clean up anything that was in there."

No one was injured in the incident, although paramedics attended to a woman who had been inside the house. They determined she was fine.