The fire at Virgin Islands Motors in Duffs Bottom, Tortola is now contained.
Government gave the advisory minutes before 5pm on Saturday, July 21.
“The road in Duffs Bottom is now open and motorists are free to traverse the area. Persons who may have been exposed to the smoke resulting from the fire or experiencing any adverse effects of inhalation should visit a doctor or hospital,” government said.
Residents in the area had been advised to evacuate when the fire started around 2pm. However, they are now told it is safe to return, BVI News understands.
A massive fire has broken out at VI Motors gas station in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola.
When BVI News arrived at the location, multiple private and public agencies were already at the scene trying to out the blaze.
The fire reportedly started around 2pm on July 21. It is not clear how it started but employees at the gas station told BVI News they were prompted to evacuate the area upon seeing a vehicle parked on the compound in flames.
The fire reportedly spread to VI Motors’ office buildings. Firefighters, along with assistance from the BVI Electricity Corporation, private water-trucking companies, among other entities are now trying to contain the blaze from spreading to the pump stations.
Police have cordoned the area.
“The public is asked to avoid the area and motorists are advised to traverse alternate routes,” government said in an afternoon advisory.
Below are scenes from the incident captured by BVI News:
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