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No Fire but Plenty of Smoke as St. Thomas Power Plant Comes Back Online *Update*

Smoke at the Randolph Harley power plant was not due to fire but to restarting generating units after an outage, according to the Water and Power Authority. (Facebook photo used under Fair Use Doctrine)

A major electrical service interruption is affecting customers in the St. Thomas St. John District and smoke could be seen flowing from the St. Thomas power plant late Thursday afternoon. Details are sparse at present but WAPA spokesman Jean Greaux said there is no fire, contrary to many speculative social media postings. The Water and Power Authority issued a statement at 3:30 p.m. Thursday saying the power outage “is a result of the loss of generation capacity at the Randolph Harley Power Plant.”

Smoke at the Randolph Harley power plant was not due to fire according to the Water and Power Authority. (Facebook photo used under Fair Use Doctrine)

Greaux said the smoke is due to “units starting up after complete loss of power” at the plant.

The WAPA statement says workers are “working to rebuild generation capacity ahead of restoring service to the affected customers.”

Update: According to WAPA, electrical service was fully restored to all affected customers shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday following a two-hour island-wide electrical service interruption.

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“An initial assessment of the cause of the interruption points to a control issue with Vitol’s LPG vaporizing unit. The issue resulted in a loss of LPG, and the subsequent trip of six generating units. The loss of generation capacity at the power plant led to all feeders falling off-line,” WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer said.

Kupfer also said that despite widespread reports of a fire, there was no such event at the Randolph Harley Power Plant. “Our units were returned to service normally, and once the power plant was stabilized, we restored service to all customers.”

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Mid-Morning Havensight Robbery Being Investigated, No Deaths Reported

A daring mid-morning robbery attempt at Havensight Mall on St. Thomas has left two injured. As of 1.45 p.m., V.I. Police confirmed that both are in surgery at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

The mall has been shut down, and the area around the store, Glitters, has been blocked off to traffic and yellow taped. More than a dozen units flew to the scene in response around 10:45 a.m. and are still on scene. As of around 12 p.m., patrons were being questioned.

According to police, three male suspects arrived in a dark-colored vehicle and entered the store. During the attempted robbery, a security officer and female customer were shot as gunfire was exchanged between the security guard the suspects. The security guard was shot in the stomach, and the female was shot in the chest.

Police said they have recovered the getaway vehicle in the Havensight area. The Source will provide more details as they become available. stthomassource.com/content/2021/12/04/mid-morning-havensight-robbery-being-investigated-no-deaths...
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Mid-Morning Havensight Robbery Being Investigated, No Deaths Reported

A daring mid-morning robbery attempt at Havensight Mall on St. Thomas has left two injured. As of 1.45 p.m., V.I. Police confirmed that both are in surgery at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

The mall has been shut down, and the area around the store, Glitters, has been blocked off to traffic and yellow taped. More than a dozen units flew to the scene in response around 10:45 a.m. and are still on scene. As of around 12 p.m., patrons were being questioned.

According to police, three male suspects arrived in a dark-colored vehicle and entered the store. During the attempted robbery, a security officer and female customer were shot as gunfire was exchanged between the security guard the suspects. The security guard was shot in the stomach, and the female was shot in the chest.

Police said they have recovered the getaway vehicle in the Havensight area. The Source will provide more details as they become available. https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/12/04/mid-morning-havensight-robbery-being-investigated-no-deaths-reported/

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Praying for the injured in this violent encounter on St.Thomas, in Jesus's name, may God heal them completely. May they find forgiveness those who trespassed against them. Amen.

Praying for a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹

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What store in havensight?

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