Tag: Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS)

Boat Explosion In St. John Causes Multiple Injuries Near Westin Resort Friday: VIPD

CRUZ BAY — A boat explosion in St. John caused multiple injuries and sent at least two people to the hospital late Friday morning, authorities confirmed. The propane gas explosion happened about 11:07 a.m. Friday near the Westin Resort dock in Chocolate Hole Great, the Virgin Islands Police Department and social media said.  “Police officers […]

4 People Feared Dead After Helicopter Crash Near Botany Bay On St. Thomas Monday: VITEMA Says

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Authorities in St. Thomas were investigating what caused a helicopter crash that killed at least four people at Botany Bay on Monday afternoon. The fatal crash occurred at the western end of St. Thomas in a wooded area of Botany Bay, said Erik Ackerson, emergency management spokesman. He said officials were not […]

Missing St. Thomas Man Found Dead Floating In Waters At John Brewer’s Beach Today: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who had been reported missing less than 24 hours ago was found dead in the waters at John Brewer’s beach this morning, authorities said. Police said family members reported 62-year-old Roy A. Frett missing at 5:17 p.m. Sunday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Frett was last seen […]

St. Thomas Driver Trapped In Burning Car After Crash Into Utility Pole Dies Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A driver who was trapped inside his burning vehicle after he lost control and crashed into a utility pole in St. Thomas has died from the injuries he sustained, authorities said. Joseph Santana, 19, of Sugar Estate, was identified by next of kin as the accident victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department […]

How To Avoid A Turkey Fryer Fire This Thanksgiving

COTTON VALLEY — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and fire officials are reminding those in charge of preparing the bird to beware of the hazards surrounding deep frying turkeys. Dunking the bird in hot cooking oil can make for a delicious dinner if done right, but as the Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS) points […]

ARMY OF 2: St. Thomas Twins Serve In U.S. Army Reserve In Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Having your twin sister as a battle buddy is hard to beat. And when two joined-at-the-hip U.S. Virgin Islanders team up — you know the advantage goes to the side they’re on. Sgt. Khalia and Spc. Khadia Baptiste, Army Reserve twins from St. Thomas, are currently serving together in Afghanistan. The sisters […]

Police Investigating Burglary Arson Torching Incident In Morningstar Late Last Night

SALT RIVER — Police are investigating a burglary-arson incident that took place in Morningstar late last night. The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a burglary and arson that occurred in Estate Morningstar at 10:45 p.m., the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Investigation revealed the dwelling was broken into, ransacked, and set ablaze while […]

Fire Service To Lift Burn Ban In The Territory On Monday, Government House Says

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Fire Service advisesthe general public that the ban on burning in the territory will be lifted onMonday. Although the ban will be lifted October 5, a valid permit will still be required for all outdoor burning, the VIFS said. Applications for burn permits will be available at the Arson […]

Fire Services Gets $237K Grant Award From Interior To Buy QRV Fire Trucks

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Fire Service said that it has been awarded $237,796 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program. The funding will be used to purchase one Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) for each district. These vehicles are smaller than traditional fire trucks […]

Family of 6 In Smith Bay Needs Your Help After Losing Their Home To Fire

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Fire Service responded to a residential fire that left a family of six homeless last week. After seeing the family’s request for assistance on social media, the agency is once again coming to their aid. This time the Fire Service will be joining others in the community to host […]