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Mount Pearl, NL, Canada – Suspicious fire at commercial business controlled by fire sprinklers

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.

St. John’s, NL, Canada – Fire sprinklers extinguish fourth floor apartment fire; No injuries reported

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.

Corner Brook, NL, Canada – Pizza shop fire contained with help from sprinkler system

The Boston Pizza restaurant in Corner Brook will be closed until further notice after an oven fire Monday morning. An activated fire alarm notified the Corner Brook Fire Department of the fire at around 7:21 a.m. Deputy Fire Chief Craig Harnum said it appeared there was some sort of malfunction in a propane oven. He said the restaurant’s sprinkler and fire suppression systems worked and, although there was heavy smoke, there was only a small fire that was quickly doused by a portable fire extinguisher by firefighters upon arrival. Harnum said there was smoke damage to the Corner Brook Plaza business, but the fire damage was limited to the commercial oven that he said was completely destroyed.

There was no one inside the business when the fire started, noted Harnum. The Western Star requested an interview with someone from Boston Pizza. In an emailed reply, the restaurant confirmed the fire was contained to a single piece of kitchen equipment and the restaurant is temporarily closed to investigate the exact cause and to determine what is required to quickly restore regular operations.

Our plan is to re-open as soon as possible,” the statement said. “In the meantime, we appreciate the patience and understanding of our staff and guests while we quickly work to remedy the situation.

Saint John’s, NL, Canada – Pizzeria fire in building with apartments above is extinguished by sprinkler system

A Saint John restaurant remains closed after it was damaged by fire early Saturday morning. Crews from the Saint John fire department responded to call at Pomodori Pizzeria at 34 Canterbury Street, located in the city’s uptown.  There are apartments upstairs in the three-storey structure.  Platoon Chief Barry Oickle said the first crew could not locate the initial source of the fire. With the help of another crew, they searched all three floors of the building to make sure all tenants had been evacuated.  After further investigation, the source of the fire was found inside the restaurant located on the ground floor. Access was gained from an adjoining business.  Oickle said there had been a small fire that was extinguished by the sprinkler system in the kitchen. “But it also caused some smoke and water damage,” he said. Fire crews worked to clear the smoke from the building. Tenants were allowed to return to their apartments after about two hours. “The cause has not yet been determined but it does not seem to be suspicious in nature,” Oickle said.