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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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