A suspicious fire at a Mount Pearl commercial business is under investigation following a blaze early Thursday morning.
The St. John’s Regional Fire Department responded to the fire at Funderdome, off Corisande Drive, At about 1a.m.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they noticed smoke inside the building and after making entry, they found some fire in one of the rear rooms of the building. Most of the fire had been extinguished by sprinklers and firefighters took care of the remnants.
An RNC forensics Identification vehicle arrived shortly after the fire was extinguished and firefighters led them to the rear of the building where several emergency doors to the business were located.
Officers could be seen taking photos of the area as well as parts of the Trailway walking trail that passes within just metres of the building.
The building received fire, smoke and substantial water damage from the sprinkler system.
This was the third suspicious fire in Mount Pearl since Chistmas night. The first two fires both damaged and then destroyed the Hotel Mount Pearl.
A fire at an apartment building in St. John’s has displaced thirty people from their units at least overnight and possibly longer in some cases.
Platoon chief Paul Chaytor of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department told the Telegram that the fire in one of the fourth-floor apartments set off the sprinkler system, which extinguished the fire but sent water through the ceilings of the second and third floors of the building.
He said due to an electrocution concern and water damage, power was shut off to the area and the residents were told they would not be able to stay overnight.
The Red Cross was called in to help the people affected with alternate accommodations and with any needs they might have until they could return.
Residents of the building could be seen milling about near the entrances as emergency personnel dealt with the situation.
The RNC was also called in to investigate and assist other first responders. There were no injuries but an Eastern Health ambulance was on scene.