Nfld. & Labrador

Crews tackle stubborn fire in Leslie branches

Firefighters were still on the scene at a St. John's park Wednesday morning, ensuring that a smouldering fire was extinguished.

Bowring brush fire

9 years ago
St. John's firefighters put out a fire in a pile of Leslie debris in Bowring Park 6:30

Firefighters were still at a St. John's park Wednesday morning, ensuring that a smouldering fire in a large pile of branches and trees was extinguished.

The St. John's Regional Fire Department was alerted to a smouldering pile of branches at Bowring Park around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The pile includes tonnes of debris that were dropped off at the park — one of several collection sites in the city — after Leslie swept through Newfoundland with hurricane-force winds on Sept. 11.

It's not known how the fire started.

Capt. Don Tarrant said the fire department decided to use an excavator to break apart the pile of debris and make sure nothing was smouldering inside.

"He would take a load, bring it out, and while he was bringing it out, our personnel would water it down, wash it down, to make sure there were no embers or hot spots," Tarrant told CBC News.

"And that would continue and continue until the pile is finished."

Firefighters had used about 28,000 gallons of water by 7 a.m. Wednesday. A typical house fire generally requires 2,000 gallons.

"This is a lot of water," Tarrant said.