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  • Kenmount Terrace Fire Under Control, Officials Commend Efforts of Crews

    (Photo by Jeff Smyth.)

    Firefighters gained the upper hand this afternoon in a forest fire that threatened homes and caused some tense moments in the heavily populated Kenmount Road area of St. John’s.

    The fire was declared under control around mid-afternoon and is now in a mop up stage.

    The roads in the area are now open and residents are free to return to their homes but request that all residents stay alert to the situation.

    A water bomber and helicopter from the Department of Forestry joined the effort after flames broke out around 12:30 this afternoon in a wooded area behind homes on Orlando Place.

    High winds pushed the flame close to area homes, and thick smoke blanketed the entire subdivision and much of the city.

    Acting Platoon Chief Scott Tilley says they put a large number of resources into the fire.

    Heat from the fire caused some damage to decks and siding of nearby homes, but the homes themselves were spared.

    Mayor Danny Breen calls the situation “very scary” and commended the efforts made to keep the neighbourhood and area residents safe.

    He says the Emergency Operation Centre kicked in almost immediately and the Canadian Red Cross was on scene providing assistance to those who needed it. He credited the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and the RNC for coordinating the effort to keep people safe.

    The RNC is thanking the residents of Kenmount Terrace and the general public for their cooperation and assistance in today’s situation.

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