A fire this morning damaged the basement of a house on Roche Street in St. John’s and caused smoke damage throughout the home.

Firefighters from the St. John’s Regional Fire Department responded to the call around 11 a.m. that there was smoke in the lower level of the house.

Shift Supt. Derek Chafe said when firefighters arrived, heavy black smoke was coming from the upper level from the fire in the basement. Crews went in through the main level and quickly knocked down the fire.

“Luckily the resident discovered the smoke at the time and called 911 immediately,” said Chafe.

If it had been much later, he said, it could have totally destroyed the house.

The cause of the fire will be investigated by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Emergency personnel from three fire stations were on the scene, along with Eastern Health paramedics, but fortunately there were no injuries.

Newfoundland Power was also called out to cut electricity to home.