Investigation of fires in Happy Valley-Goose Bay continuing

April 22, 2024
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release


Two fire trucks are pictured near a burning building at night.
A commercial structure is on fire at night.
A large fire is observed in a commercial area at night.

The investigation into a fire that started at an abandoned commercial property in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Friday evening and caused a number of residents to vacate their properties is continuing. A number of explosions occurred before the fire was controlled. No one was injured.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. on April 19, 2024, Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP was informed of a large structure fire on Halifax Street. The fire spread to an adjacent building and was burning out of control. With a number of flammable substances nearby, area residents were asked to vacate their homes and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay declared a state of emergency.

Firefighters with Happy Valley-Goose Bay Fire Department and the Canadian Forces Base battled the blaze. Two commercial buildings were completely destroyed and a number of other properties were damaged. Although not yet assessed, estimated damages are considered to be extensive.

A Fire Scene Investigator with Fire Services Division of Justice and Public Safety attended the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Anyone having information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP at 709-896-3383 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers: #SayItHere 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit or use the P3Tips app.


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