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UPDATE: One Firefighter Remains Hospitalized after Early Morning Blaze on STT

A four-story residence was damaged in an early morning fire Thursday on Vester Gade on St. Thomas. (VIFEMS photo)
A four-story residence was damaged in an early morning fire Thursday on Vester Gade on St. Thomas. (VIFEMS photo)

One firefighter remains hospitalized while another injured in an early morning blaze Thursday in downtown St. Thomas has been released from Schneider Regional Medical Center, according to V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The fire, reported just after 3 a.m. on Vester Gade, quickly spread to adjacent buildings, including a four-story residence, according to the Fire Service, which issued an update late Thursday afternoon.

“The fire originated in Vester Gade 6-D and Gamble Gade No. 31, where it quickly engulfed the initial structure and spread to adjacent buildings, including a four-story residence,” the report stated. “The V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services promptly deployed nine pieces of firefighting equipment, with units from Hotel Company, Echo Tango, and Lima dispatched to assist,” it said.

A total of 27 on- and off-duty firefighters and personnel worked to combat the fire that was reported just after 3 a.m., with two of them sustaining injuries, according to the report. It did not detail the extent of those injuries. “Our thoughts, prayers, and gratitude go out to the injured firefighters and their families,” it said.

The fire was brought under control about two and a half hours after crews arrived on the scene, according to the Fire Service. Salvage efforts and thorough inspections were conducted for another two hours to ensure all hotspots were eliminated and the area was secure, it said.

“While this incident posed significant challenges, I commend our teams’ bravery and tireless dedication during this operation. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the injured firefighters and their families during their recovery,” said VIFEMS Director Daryl George.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues. VIFEMS also extended its gratitude to the EMS Unit, 911 Control Center, the V.I. Police Department, St. Thomas Rescue, and the V.I. Water and Power Authority for their  collaborative response and support during the incident.

A fire that broke out at Vester Gade 6-D and Gamble Gade No. 31 on St. Thomas early Thursday quickly engulfed the initial structure and spread to adjacent buildings, including a four-story residence, V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services reported. (VIFEMS photo)
A fire that broke out at Vester Gade 6-D and Gamble Gade No. 31 on St. Thomas early Thursday quickly engulfed the initial structure and spread to adjacent buildings, including a four-story residence, V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services reported. (VIFEMS photo)

July 6, 9:54 a.m.

During the early hours of Thursday morning, a major fire that engulfed several structures erupted on St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Services reported.

The fire broke out in the downtown area of Vester Gade, prompting an immediate response from all available units. The blaze engulfed several structures, causing significant damage and endangering the local community. Two firefighters were promptly transported to the hospital for necessary medical evaluation and treatment during this operation, according to the report.

“Our dedicated crews effectively gained control over the fire, successfully extinguishing it after a rigorous operation. The coordinated response showcased the expertise and professionalism of our teams, allowing them to contain the situation and prevent further damage. We express our deepest respect and gratitude to these exceptional individuals who exhibit unwavering commitment in fulfilling their duties,” stated Director Daryl A. George.

This incident is currently under investigation to determine the cause of the fire and the extent of damage to the affected structures. Further updates regarding the investigation will be made available later today, the report stated.

 

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