Fire Service: Wildfire on St. Croix is suspicious

Fire Service: Wildfire on St. Croix is suspicious

05 April 2011

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Virgin Islands — A brush fire scorched about 80 acres in Estates Cane and Carlton on Monday.

St. Croix Fire Chief Angel Torres said the V.I. Fire Service received a call about the brush fire at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Torres said two units from Frederiksted and two units from Grove responded.

The fire, which occurred south of the William’s Delight intersection on the Melvin Evans Highway, was completely under control by 1:30 p.m., Torres said.

“There was no imminent damage to any homes and no injuries,” he said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it looks suspicious because of the time of the day it occurred, according to Torres.

“You can’t blame it on the sun that early in the morning,” he said.

There have been small brush fires in the last month, but none has been as large as the massive brush fire off the South Shore Road at the beginning of March, according to Torres.

The Fire Service is encouraging the community to clear vegetation at least 40 feet from buildings around their property, and a ban on outdoor fires is in place until further notice.

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