Cpl. John Butler of the Bay St. George RCMP said the fire at the home located on the Main Road in West Bay was reported at 12:06 a.m. and the Lourdes Regional Fire Department attended but the house was already engulfed in flames.
Fire Chief John Bullen said when his firefighters arrived on the scene after a 12:15 a.m. call sometime between 12:30 and 12:40 a.m. the fire was already well underway.
He said they dumped their first tank of water on the fire and were starting to make some headway but with no hydrants available had to go to the nearest source of water at Harry’s Brook and fill up. He said by the time they’d make the round trip, which was about a kilometre and the time to tank up the fire would be well underway again.
“We kept pouring water on it but there was no way to save the structure when you have a fire already going and no constant water supply,” he said.
Bullen said the firefighters, including himself, left the scene at about 5 a.m. when they were satisfied the fire no longer posed any danger.
He said Newfoundland Power also attended the scene to cut power lines for the firefighters to carry out their job more safely.
Butler said there were no injuries as the family, which consists of a husband and wife and at least one teenage son, were away at the time camping at Piccadilly Head Park. He said the last person to leave the house did so at supper time.
Insurance was carried on the house, which had undergone extensive renovations during the last two years.
Butler said the police didn’t have an estimate of the loss but said all that was left of the house was basically ashes.
He said an investigation continues into the fire to try to determine its cause.