'Everything is soot, everything is frozen': Fire strikes Wabush neighbourhood
All 30 firefighters responded to scene, says Chief Marv Butler
Fire crews in western Labrador rushed to the scene of a house fire early Thursday morning that lit up the mining town's sky with flames.
Fire Chief Marv Butler says crews were called to a Wabush home around 6:30 a.m. By mid-afternoon, it was under control and handed over to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
"There's very little left to the house, to be honest with you. We tried to gain access, to attack and it just wasn't safe to do so," said Butler late Thursday afternoon.
Nick Quilty, who lives one street over, saw the blaze.
"I'm coming up the street and you just see the flames shooting up behind all the other houses — the sky is all lit up," he told CBC News. "It was really scary, I gotta say."
Videos posted on Facebook show huge flames and billowing smoke coming from the scene.
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At least five trucks and around 30 firefighters responded to the fire. Quilty credits their quick response to limiting damage to the one structure.
"When I got there, the entire house, from bottom to top, was in flames," he said.
Quilty said the scene "is just a mess. Everything is soot, everything is frozen."
Police will investigate to determine the cause of the fire.
With files from Jonny Hodder