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Fire destroys vacant house in Pippy Park

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says a vacant structure was gutted by fire on Saturday morning.
Firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed a vacant house in St. John's Saturday. 0:40

A house that was vacant in the Pippy Park area of St. John's has been destroyed by fire.

At 3:19 a.m. Saturday, the St. John's Regional Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire.

Platoon Chief Robert Fowler told CBC News the building on Nagles Place, near the Fluvarium, was fully engulfed when crews arrived at the scene.

Fowler said firefighters went into "defensive mode," meaning it was too dangerous for crews to enter the structure.

SJRFD crews remain at the scene, extinguishing hot spots.

Fowler said several vehicles used by the C.A. Pippy Park Commission were inside the house.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the matter will be investigated by fire investigators, once the structure cools down.