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Firefighters contain apartment building blaze in 14 minutes

A fire that broke out at an apartment building in Sugar Mill Road on Tortola was able to be contained within 14 minutes of firefighters receiving the call about the blaze.

This has resulted in the officers receiving high praises from Fire Chief, Zebalon McLean.

Chief McLean said the headquarters of the Virgin Islands Fire & Rescue Service received a report that a house was at fire 6:25 pm on Monday, June 1.

Following an immediate response, McLean said his firefighters were “able to confine the fire to the bedroom where it started” and brought it under control by 6:39 pm.

It was extinguished shortly thereafter, he stated.

“I am extremely proud of my officers that they were able to avoid displacing tenants and severe loss to the building’s owner. All our fire officers continue to do an amazing job,” McLean said, while further urging residents to be mindful of their surroundings.

There are no known reports of injury as a result of the incident.

It is unclear how the fire started.

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  1. Just Saying says:

    If this was something negative I can imagine all the comments that would be on here…

    I am proud of you guys. It is an awesome job that you guys do provided that the your quarters are not up to the standards to which they should be. Nevertheless continue to work diligently toward keeping your country safe. KUDOS GUYS!!!

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  2. wondering says:

    Great job Virgin Islands Fire & Rescue Service ! Still wondering where exactly this fire occurred…

  3. Great Job says:

    Great job guys.

  4. Me says:

    Hats off to you all,it was quick!!

  5. Smile says:

    Good news. Without a full-time fire department to provide this service the occasional fires we have could cause a lot of damage and misery to our community.

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  6. Guy Hill says:

    Good job gentlemen. Always continue to do your very best. Be Brave.

  7. A fan says:

    Great Job team ! Not many people know how dedicated you guys are each day checking equipment and out on routes checking locations etc. a large percentage of you try hard to stay fit and you are all gentlemen on the job. Nuff respect !. Stay safe out there and God Bless you all and keep you safe !

  8. George says:

    Good Job

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