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Fire at Morris F. DeCastro Clinic Tuesday

At around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, a generator caught fire at the Morris F. DeCastro clinic on St. John. The fire only impacted the generator and was quickly contained.
A Virgin Islands Fire Services truck is driven down the Waterfront in St. Thomas. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Fire Demolishes Estate Strawberry Home

A two-story residence in Estate Strawberry on St. Croix was engulfed in flames early Tuesday afternoon and demolished.

Fire Destroy’s Anna’s Retreat Home

A fire engulfed and destroyed an Anna's Retreat home late Thursday night. No one was injured and the cause is still under investigation.

Post-Storm Recovery Contractor AECOM Donates Defibrillators

AECOM, the main company overseeing dozens of subcontractors doing hundreds of millions of dollars in federally funded hurricane recovery work in the territory, donated seven defibrillators and seven sets of emergency lights to the V.I. Fire Service for use on St. Thomas and St. John.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Fire Burning at Anguilla Landfill

Firefighters continued to battle a blaze at the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix Tuesday night, according to a news release issued at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas.

Propane Leak Empties STT Courts, Jail on Wednesday

The Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex and adjacent federal complex were temporarily evacuated early Wednesday afternoon due to a reported propane leak.

STX Firetruck Flips on Queen Mary – No Major Injuries

Thursday morning around 950 a.m., 911 received several calls in reference to an overturned emergency response vehicle. A fire unit was en route to a pending call when it overturned on Queen Mary Highway in the vicinity of Catherine's Rest intersection, Christiansted. No fatal injuries were reported however the firefighters were complaining of neck pain and was transported to Juan F. Luis Hospital by ambulance. Both firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. comments on the benefits of integrating EMS and Fire during a recent meeting of the administration's VIFEMS integration team. (Government House photo)

Integration of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Moves Forward

The Department of Health, Fire Service and the Office of the Governor are moving forward with plans to integrate the Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Service with the Fire Service to form the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Service.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Third Fire in Three Weeks Breaks Out at St. Croix Landfill

Another fire broke out at the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix Saturday, the third in a three-week period. According to a news release from the V.I. Waste Management Authority, at 5 p.m. Saturday a waste oil fire ignited at Anguilla, generating large plumes of black smoke. V.I. Fire Services, VIWMA contractors, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and personnel were on scene Saturday evening working to contain and suppress the fire. WIWMA recommended residents with respiratory ailments or other existing conditions that may be triggered by smoke inhalation shelter in place to minimize exposure or, if necessary, relocate. The Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and the Virgin Islands Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services are prepared to support, respond, and provide immediate assistance to residents impacted, the news release said. On July 2 WMA reported that a fire that began burning June 30 in the scrap metal area had been contained and was smoldering, but under control. That was just days after WMA announced, on June 25, that a fire that had been burning since June 17 had finally been controlled. That fire was the longest-burning in the history of the landfill, according to WMA. There have been a number of fires at the landfill over the years. It caught fire three times in 2018. There was a fire at Anguilla in 2012. And a fire burned for many years at the dump until extinguished in 2009 at a cost of more than $3.9 million. In 2008, Waste Management Authority officials said that fire had been burning underground since around 1966 or 1967.

Overnight Blaze Devastates Historic Royal Dane Mall

A roaring blaze engulfed the Royal Dane Mall in downtown Charlotte Amalie overnight, devastating the mall and damaging adjacent buildings. In a press conference Friday, Fire Service Director Daryl George said the call came in around 10:45 p.m. July 4. Multiple units were sent to respond, including 18 on-duty officers, 12 off duty officers and seven trucks and other fire fighting machines. Multiple businesses were damaged. "It took about three hours to get it under control," George said. One officer injured his hand but there were no other reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Gov. Albert Bryan reviewed the scene early Friday afternoon. Two fires damaged businesses right in this area very recently, in March. One broke out in the storage room of Tavern on the Waterfront restaurant, which is part of Royal Dane Mall. The other occurred in a second-floor warehouse space that was undergoing renovation three blocks to the west. Both of those fires are still under investigation. Electrical problems may have played a role, officials said at the time. These fires all occurred in the same area as devastating fires in 1804, 1806 and again in 1826, wiping out large parts of downtown Charlotte Amalie.





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