Paradise plaza gutted by fire
The plaza is home to Subway, the Outport Restaurant and a number of other businesses
A major fire tore through Neil's Pond Plaza in Paradise, N.L., Saturday afternoon, gutting multiple businesses.
Bad fire at subway in <a href="https://twitter.com/townofparadise?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@townofparadise</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nltraffic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nltraffic</a> <a href="https://t.co/4NxMRlA2LY">pic.twitter.com/4NxMRlA2LY</a>—@rlegrow
The Topsail Road plaza is home to Subway, the Outport Restaurant and a number of other businesses.
"I saw a girl … running for her life, basically," said Jordan Wheeler, who was in the adjacent building when the fire started.
"We saw the pouring smoke. We didn't know what building it was at first, but we went and looked and saw the fire coming out of Subway."
Most of the building's roof collapsed and members of the St. John's Regional Fire Department worked hard to douse the smouldering structure from above and from the ground.
There were several fire trucks on scene trying to knock down the flames.
"I couldn't believe how much smoke was coming out of there. And the giant fire that was coming out of the ceiling, it was, like, massive," Wheeler said.
terrifying scene outside subway plaza in Paradise... traffic diverted off topsail road up sunvalley drive and/or paradise road. have extra patience - this is bad, a lot of employees on the side of the road. hope everyone is okay! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nltraffic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nltraffic</a> <a href="https://t.co/zhUXhwFah6">pic.twitter.com/zhUXhwFah6</a>—@lindsh23
The neighbourhoods and surrounding streets quickly filled with thick, black smoke and a haze settled on the area as the battle progressed.
Police diverted traffic along the busy road away from the scene. As of 5:30 p.m., Topsail Road was still closed between Paradise Road and Trails End Drive.