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Hull Bay Residence Catches On Fire But Firefighters’ Swift Response Saves St. Thomas House On Thursday Night

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A unit from the Echo Company Fire Station responded to a residential fire in Estate Hull about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Once on the scene, fire personnel observed flames coming from the side of the residence.

Upon making entry into the home, they further observed the fire spreading from the laundry room and bathroom to the hallway.

After attacking the fire, firefighters were able to contain it to the laundry room and bathroom and fully extinguished it within 40 minutes.

Before returning to their duty station at 9:45 p.m., Fire Service personnel conducted salvage and overhaul operations and a safety inspection.

The fire remains under investigation by the Arson Investigation and Prevention Unit, according to Government House.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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