Elderly man dies in St. John's house fire on Mt. Scio Road
Fire crews were called to the home just after midnight
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.
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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.
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.