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VIFS Firefighters Battle Fire That Threatened Homes In Southgate Farm This Afternoon

UNDER CONTROL: A Virgin Islands Fire Services firefighter re-arranges the hose to attack the brush fire today. VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS photos by ROBERT NEAL.

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CHRISTIANSTED — A three-alarm brush fire threatened homes on the east side of the street leading to Green Cay Marina in Southgate Farm early Sunday afternoon.

The blaze was contained by Virgin Islands Fire Service firefighters who battled it with at least three fire engines before 1 p.m. today.

At its closest, the brush fire came within about 50 feet of the back of a white house with peach-colored trim on the hypalon roof (see picture).

Some people stopped by the side of the road to watch the brush fire as firefighters worked to contain it.

Motorists driving the East End Road early this afternoon heard the sirens from the fire engines when the trucks arrived on the scene.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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