From The Telegram

Crews from three St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) stations were required to battle a structure fire at 40 Bennett Avenue twice on Sunday night. The second call of a more serious nature.

The first incident saw firefighters called to the scene around 7 p.m. where they were met with heavy smoke in the house which is situated between LeMarchant Road and Beaumont Street.

Fire was visible in the second-floor windows and smoke billowed from all sides of the house as crews fought the blaze and kept a water spray on 42 Bennett Avenue to prevent the fire from spreading to that house. Its three residents stood across the street, one with a cat inside his coat and another with a cat and rabbit inside a cage after being forced from their homes.

With the second fire, smoke could be seen from Cornwall Avenue and LeMarchant Road billowing into the sky.  Fowler said, “It’s one of those things when the first time we left it, we had it knocked down and searched for any hidden fires and we left the scene with the constabulary. One of their officers actually called back to our dispatch and reported it had flared up again.