Nfld. & Labrador

Neighbour rouses residents from St. John's fire

Firefighters spent Monday's early hours on a fire in the Georgestown neighbourhood of St. John's, after a neighbour got three residents to safety.

St. John's fire

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Scenes from a fire on Barnes Road in St. John's early Monday. 1:27

Firefighters spent Monday's early hours on a fire in the Georgestown neighbourhood of St. John's, after a neighbour got three residents to safety.

The fire broke out at two adjoined houses on Barnes Road, at the corner of Mullock Street.

Myles Park, who was walking through the neighbourhood around 6 a.m., said he saw smoke coming from one of the houses. He wound up putting his arm through a glass window in an effort to get the attention of people inside.

Park said he called out, "Leave, please leave, the house is on fire, you guys have to leave, this is an emergency."

He said the people in the house instead started gathering up their belongings.

"I actually tried grabbing one old man and tried bringing him out, but he pulled away," he said. "I ran out first — they left about 30 seconds or a minute after."

Linda Chipman, who lived in one of the houses with her husband and a boarder, told CBC News she was lucky to be alive.

"The dogs didn't make a noise until [Park] started banging on the door," said Chipman, who said she soon saw flames on a top deck outside one of the homes.

"The fire alarm didn't go off until we were out the door," she said. "My car is gone, my house is gone. We'll be out for a while."

Authorities rerouted traffic in the area while firefighters completed their work.

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