Nfld. & Labrador

Crews douse forest fires in St. John's

Fire crews were busy fighting almost half a dozen small forest fires in St. John's this afternoon.
Fire crews fought half a dozens fires in the Old Pennywell Road area near Kenmount Road 4:27

Fire crews were able to knock down a number of small forest fires in St. John's Wednesday before they got out of control.

The fires broke out around the same time, in the same area, shortly before 3 p.m.

They were confined to woods between Old Pennywell Road and Kenmount Road.

Firefighters on the ground were aided by a helicopter and water bomber.

The fires were burning about 100 yards from homes in the area, with smoke and flames visible across the city.

Sheena Seydell was putting her one-year-old child down for a nap when a neighbour knocked on the door, telling her there were flames nearby.

"It's kind of scary. I don't know if I'm going to have a house left if they don't get these fires under control," she said.

St. John's Regional Fire Department superintendent Robert Fowler said there were about a half dozen fires burning when crews arrived.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause.