The Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island has been ordered temporarily closed because of the fire raging at a gas station in Duffs Bottom, Tortola.
“The BVI Airport Authority’s Rescue and Firefighting Service were dispatched to assist in putting out the fire at Virgin Islands Motors,” government explained in a media release minutes after 4pm on July 21.
The airport’s firefighting unit is now said to be en route back to Beef Island.
Government said the airport will resume operations once the unit returns and their fire truck refuelled.
Airport fire officers and firefighters from other locations on Tortola were whipped into action minutes after 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon when a vehicle in the designated parking lot of the gas station caught ablaze.
The fire spread to the office buildings of the facility.
Chief Fire Officer Zebalon McLean told BVI News the fire is now contained.
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