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Brush Fire Near Howard M. Wall Boy Scout Camp Diverted To Great Pond To Burn All Night

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Howard M. Wall Boy Scout Camp was being threatened by a brush fire on Thursday night.

As these dramatic photos show, taken by a Virgin Islands Free Press staffer, the flames were blazing for 20 minutes to a half hour before the Virgin Islands Fire Services arrived on the scene.

According to our timeline, the fire began about 7 p.m. and Fire Services was on the scene one half hour later.

A second phase of local firefighters began arriving on the scene about 7:45 p.m.

Five hours later the flames were still visible miles away on the South Shore of St. Croix after midnight on Thursday.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames away from the boy scout camp and because their trucks couldn’t enter Great Pond, let the fire burn all night there.

Our sturdy photographer netted these photos long before emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

The Howard M. Wall Boy Scout Camp is located at Milford Point Beach on the western edge of Great Pond.

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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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