Early morning fire destroys house
Person of interest identified soon as crews douse fire outside St. John's
A house collapsed Friday morning on the outskirts of Portugal Cove as crews doused a fire that broke out before dawn.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating the cause of the fire, and police have identified a person of interest in the blaze.
No one was injured in the fire on Bauline Line Extension, although a woman was taken to hospital for a routine examination.
The fire was reported at 4:20 a.m. Crews were on the scene were on the scene within 10 minutes.
"As we came around the corner here, of course you could see the glow emanating out onto the road. That was the first thing that [struck] you when you came up onto the scene," said Ian Mercer, the deputy chief of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip's fire department.
"Flames [were] emanating from the northwest corner of the building, the eaves were fully involved and there was heavy black smoke emanating from the building itself," Mercer told CBC News.
"We were looking at approximately 35 to 40 minutes before the building itself collapsed in upon itself."
Crews remained on the scene after the fire was extinguished to handle hotspots.
Mercer said firefighters were relieved that the blaze did not spread to woods nearby.