Nfld. & Labrador

Elderly man dies in St. John's house fire on Mt. Scio Road

A man in his early 90s died in an early morning house fire on Mount Scio Road in St. John's, CBC News has learned.

Fire crews were called to the home just after midnight

This house on Mt. Scio Road was destroyed and a man inside died during a fire that started around 12 a.m. Tuesday morning (Fred Hutton/CBC)

A man in his early 90s died in an early morning house fire in the Pippy Park area of St. John's, CBC News has learned.

Fire crews from three stations responded to the fire on Mount Scio Road just after 12 a.m., Tuesday.

The house was damaged beyond repair and St. John's Regional Fire Department said its members couldn't get in the home to attack the flames as the heat was too intense.

Crews also had to collect water from a storage tank at the neighbouring Easter Seals building to use as their water supply, because there are no fire hydrants available in the area.

Platoon Chief Brian Tucker said the lack of hydrants – and having to use the Easter Seals tank – was not an impediment to fighting the fire.

The investigation is ongoing into the fire but the RNC said it does not appear to be suspicious. (Fred Hutton/CBC)

Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters were able to get inside the home and located the deceased man's body.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but police said early Tuesday it didn't appear to be suspicious.

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