Nfld. & Labrador

La Scie fire hall, library burn in Saturday blaze

The building that houses the town's fire hall caught fire Saturday, and is also home to the town's ambulance service, library, family resource centre and council chambers.

Building likely considered a 'write off,' says mayor

A fire in La Scie Saturday morning has damaged the town's fire hall, library and council chambers according to Mayor Kimberly Morey. (Jodi Krista Mitchell/Facebook)

A significant fire in La Scie has devastated a key building in the community, which houses the town's fire hall and a number of other important services.

According to La Scie Mayor Kimberly Morey, the fire started early Saturday, burning intensely around 9 a.m.

In addition to housing the community's fire hall, the building is also home to a local ambulance service, a library, family resource centre and council chambers.

The fire began on Saturday morning and was burning intensely by 9 a.m. (Jodi Krista Mitchell/Facebook)

As of 3:30 p.m., Morey said the fire has been extinguished. However, she said the building appears to be a "write off," causing a major loss for the town.

Due to the lost community space, Morey said the town's fire truck, ambulance and council chambers will now be hosted at Cape St. John Arena in La Scie for the time being. Ice was scheduled to be put down on the rink this week.

While crews remained on scene, Central Health issued a post on social media saying the fire was restricting emergency communications. Residents in the area are asked to call 911 for fire or emergency services, where calls will be redirected to the Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre.

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With files from Janelle Kelly