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GOVERNMENT HOUSE: Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire To Building In Wintberg Early On Friday Morning

FIREFIGHTERS IN ACTION: In this file photo, Virgin Islands Fire Services firefighters respond to a fire at H&H Tire and Battery in Estate Castle Coakley St. Croix.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS) quickly extinguished a fire in a residential section of Estate Wintberg early Friday morning, according to Government House.

There was some damage to the building engulfed in flames, but no one was reported injured.

At 2:48 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 firefighters from the Lima Company Fire Station responded to a 911 emergency call about a structural fire at #1-7 Estate Wintberg, Government House said in a prepared statement.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a one-story structure fully engulfed in flames.

Additional units from Hotel Company and Echo Company were ordered on the scene. Fire personnel made entry into the structure and commenced firefighting operations.

Once these operations were underway, firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the pool bar. Within 25 minutes, the fire was completely extinguished.

After extinguishing the fire, Fire Service personnel conducted salvage and overhaul operations, which included searching structural debris for any signs of hidden fires or hot spots.

They then conducted a safety inspection on the structure before returning to their duty stations at 4:36 a.m. The structure sustained significant fire damage.

The Friday morning fire is currently under active investigation by the St. Thomas/ St. John Arson Prevention and Investigation Unit.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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