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Firefighters Battle Blaze In Bolongo Bay Early Tuesday Morning


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A two-alarm fire kept firefighters busy most of the day near the downtown area when a three-story building caught fire in the south of St. Thomas.

At 4:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, each unit from the Lima Company Fire Station responded to a 911 emergency call about a structural fire at #10 Bolongo Bay.

Upon arrival, Fire Service personnel found the lower apartment of a three- story residential stucture ablaze.

Fire personnel commenced firefighting operations and confined the fire to the lower apartment.

Within 30 minutes, the fire was extinguished and Fire Services personnel conducted salvage and overhaul operations, which included searching the structural debris for any signs of hidden fires and hot spots.

The lower apartment, a one bedroom efficiency, received significant smoke and water damage.

After conducting a safety inspection on the structure, all units on scene returned to their duty stations at 5:25 p.m.

This fire is presently under investigation by the St. Thomas/ St. John Arson Prevention and Investigation Unit.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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