PEI

Firefighters relieved nobody inside as St. Nicholas home burns down

A home has been destroyed and a pet bird died in the flames, but firefighters say they were relieved nobody was inside when they responded to call of a house in western P.E.I. on Thursday.

'It's always a feeling you have in the back of your head that there potentially could be a fatality'

The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the home in St. Nicholas, says fire Chief Jason Woodbury. (Submitted by Jason Woodbury)

A home has been destroyed and a pet bird died in the flames, but firefighters say they were relieved nobody was inside when they responded to call of a house in western P.E.I. on Thursday.

At about 10:30 p.m., the Miscouche Fire Department received a call of a one-level house on fire in St. Nicholas. When firefighters arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed, and Chief Jason Woodbury said it was uncertain if anyone was inside. They later learned the residents were visiting friends in a neighbouring community.

"It's always a feeling you have in the back of your head that there potentially could be a fatality," Woodbury said. "Certainly contents and property can be replaced but lives can't be so we were very fortunate to hear that news."

Cause under investigation

Woodbury was unsure what kind of bird died in the fire.

About 30 members of Miscouche Fire Department battled the fire with assistance from the Wellington Fire Department, Woodbury said. Maritime Electric and Island EMS were also on scene, as well as a local contractor who was called to help gain access to hot spots through the home's metal roof.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Woodbury said.

More P.E.I. news

With files from Jessica Doria-Brown

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.