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Boat & vehicles damaged by fire @ Domino Gas station

- Firefighters said to have averted what could have been a major disaster
The boat that was destroyed by fire on March 23, 2015 at Domino Gas Station in Baugher's Bay. Photo: Team of Reporters
According to reports, the fire may have started on the boat. Investigations are continuing. Photo: Team of Reporters
According to reports, the fire may have started on the boat. Investigations are continuing. Photo: Team of Reporters
The entire interior of the boat was damaged but firefighters were able to save the two engines that were affixed to it. Photo: Team of Reporters
The entire interior of the boat was damaged but firefighters were able to save the two engines that were affixed to it. Photo: Team of Reporters
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – A boat and at least two vehicles were damaged by fire at Domino Gas Station in Baugher’s Bay sometime around 1:00am today, March 23, 2015.

According to reports, the fire started on the boat and a safari bus and a truck that were parked nearby were also damaged as the fire raged.

It is not yet clear how the fire may have started as investigations are ongoing, according to Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean.

And persons on the scene, as well as Mr McLean, have been commenting that a disaster was, nevertheless, averted as the situation could have been worse.

"This was a very serious one," said the Chief Fire Officer of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services Department.

Mr McLean said the service received an emergency call shortly before 01:00am today. "The call indicated a boat being on fire near Bob's Gas Station and they rushed to the scene”.

According to McLean, who hadn’t the full report at the time of speaking to Virgin Islands News Online, the entire interior of the boat was damaged but firefighters were able to save the two engines that were affixed to it.

Owner of the gas station Mr Robert D. Pickering aka 'Bob', expressed much gratitude to a passerby whose named he gave as 'Denco'/Mr Barronville, who was the first to have seen the boat on fire and made the call to the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service Department. “If he had not made that call or was passing there at the time the whole place would have burnt down,”  said the thankful gas station owner.

He recalled being at home at the time and noticed heavy smoke coming from the gas station as he said he lives nearby and by the time he rushed down to investigate fire fighters were already on the scene putting out the blaze.

He further confirmed that the boat was the property of his son, Akeem Pickering, who we were unable to reach up to press time.

17 Responses to “Boat & vehicles damaged by fire @ Domino Gas station”

  • ccc (23/03/2015, 18:00) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    What ah ting to tell the king.....
  • xxxxxxxx (23/03/2015, 19:33) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Another indication that crime is out of control
  • chad (23/03/2015, 19:46) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    Wow. Who would do such a thing to my boy? He is such a sweet person
  • Well Ma Boy (23/03/2015, 22:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who ever do this have to be smiling now......hmmmm idle hands are the devils workshop
  • kids (24/03/2015, 01:22) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jealous wicked people
  • Akeem R Pickering (24/03/2015, 09:12) Like (49) Dislike (3) Reply
    First, I would like to thank God that noone was hurt from such a stupid and senseless act. This really shows that people in the Virgin Islands really needs to grow up. I would like to thank those who called the Fire Department the moment they saw the boat on fire, (Valencia and Family) and (Denco). I would also like to thank the Fire Department for being very responsive in their time, to avert what could have been a national disaster. I thank you all for your support thus far and will continue to trust in The Lord who is my defender.
    Thank you all once again.
  • Lily Ann (24/03/2015, 11:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Poker Run destruction crew strikes again !!!! ,
  • nfac (24/03/2015, 13:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this seems like the work of the same person or persons, surely the police have informants on the street follow the talk and catch these guys in the act, if that gas station had blew it would've been a major tragedy
  • School chiren say (24/03/2015, 13:39) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Leave the people woman alone stop act holy....
  • Hhjyy (24/03/2015, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gud deal hmmm look for


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