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Boats & Apartment destroyed by Fire last night!

Fire & Rescue had 2 fires: 1 in East End & 1 in Frenchman's Cay, West End
Chief Fire Officer of the VI Fire Department Mr. Zebulon A. McLean and his officers had their hands full last evening May 17, 2014 as they were faced with two fires at each of the extreme ends of Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Zebulon A. McLean has confirmed with this news site that there were indeed two fires; one at West End and the other at East End. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Zebulon A. McLean has confirmed with this news site that there were indeed two fires; one at West End and the other at East End. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chief Fire Officer of the VI Fire Department Mr. Zebulon A. McLean and his officers had their hands full last evening May 17, 2014 as they were faced with two fires at each of the extreme ends of Tortola.

Mr McLean has confirmed with this news site that there were indeed two fires; one at West End and the other at East End. 

While he was unable to provide much further details, Mr McLean that they were alerted to a fire which set two yachts alight. The damage was extensive and investigations are ongoing. He did not have details of the owner of the two vessels at hand at the time. 

According to Mr McLean while they were attending to the fire at West End they were summoned to another at East End/Long Look. This time it was an apartment that was engulfed. While the firefighters had to rush from one extreme, the presence of and quick response of the Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mr William Penn who had rushed to the scene in advance paid dividends. 

The CFO said that Mr Penn and a few others were able to commence the process of extinguishing the fire that had engulfed one of the bedrooms in an apartment of Samuel Williams Apartments at Vanterpool Estate. 

This news site was told that a number of items were salvaged from the burning bedroom. It could not have been confirmed if anyone was at home at the time of the fire. “Though they hadn’t the fire truck there Mr Penn and team must be complimented for doing a very good job. What they did aided the prevention of a fire that could have caused much more damage and losses,” said Mr McLean.

25 Responses to “Boats & Apartment destroyed by Fire last night!”

  • vex (18/05/2014, 12:45) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Seems like war
  • bay yute (18/05/2014, 13:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Insurance maybe
  • something strange (18/05/2014, 14:55) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whats up wid all dese boat fires? Pre poker run theft to blame?
    • @ something strange (18/05/2014, 17:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      deeds bloggers always say the things no one wants to hear but everyone knows is true
      • Listen (18/05/2014, 18:15) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
        listen who ever you are you are an illiterate person and need to come off the internet ok the word is THESE not DEEDS do you want the definition

        these-used to indicate a person, thing, idea, state, event, time, remark, etc., as present, near, just mentioned or pointed out.


        deeds-an act or gesture, especially as illustrative of intentions.


        learn the difference PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • @listen (18/05/2014, 21:13) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
          Can't you see this person know exactly what they are doing,let it go.
        • hold up (18/05/2014, 21:24) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
          everyone types with shortcuts these days..like instead of saying "you" you say u...probabaly just probably the person tried to shortcut "these" with a dialect "dese" and his/her 's phone tried to correct the error..so think b4 trying to cut off someone's head
          • @@listen (18/05/2014, 22:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
            My goodness maybe u should go teach english, ppl can use a lil short cut nowadays? Im pretty sure you yourself went in the dictionary to go look up 'these" and "deeds" lol.. so if you wanna be so correct quote which dictionary you got it from. Next time say "according to Webster......."
            • Listen (19/05/2014, 07:45) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
              I understand what your saying and yes i went to the dictionary and look it up for them because if they cant seem to read so i guess my efforts would be in vain and its shameful exactly how these people text is exactly is how they write and that's utter nonsense i understand you wanna save time but lord have mercy use the little knowledge you have to write a proper sentence if you want to get your point across don't you agree?
              • To Listen (19/05/2014, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
                When you want to chastise someone on writing perfect English, please make sure you can do the same thing first before blasting anyone. In the first line of your sentence, it should be "I understand what YOU'RE saying", conjunction for you are, (NOT your). And PLEASE, PLEASE learn to use full stops and capitalization. I was actually out of breath by the time I finished your post.
                • Listen (20/05/2014, 07:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
                  i wasnt being perfect you jacka$$ i was just saying i can type correct if i want you Clown
        • shame.... (19/05/2014, 10:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          @Listen: Trolling -The art of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet, using dialogue.

          Maybe you should learn to recognize a troll when you see one and just chill out
        • Real (19/05/2014, 14:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          If you have an issue with the way people writes on these blogs just maybe you should not be on them reading no blogs at all. People have the right to write whatever they want so if you don't like what they wrote just keep it moving, it aint that serious.
        • Suave' (21/05/2014, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Ummm, why are you allowing this person to get on your nerves this way? Cant you see that this is their strategy, to irritate people via this medium. They are being corrected everytime they comment on a story, yet they continue to do it....which means they're laughing at you becoming irritated, and you are upset. I see them as little demonic imps just pricking people into frustration. It used to bother me once upon a time also, but I recognise their strategy. So, when I begin to read comments and I come upon "deeds people", I jump over it and keep moving on to the next comment. Instead of giving them attention, ignore them. Eventually, they will recognise that nobody is taking them on any more......and they'll stop.
      • Really???!! (19/05/2014, 12:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Some people are fine substituting their words, like "these with deeds" "you with u" "two/to with 2" and so forth. The only thing I see wrong with the comment is the word "Deeds" and the lack of proper punctuation marks. If you read the rest of the persons comment there is nothing wrong with it grammatically. So give the person a break, they probably intentionally wrote "Deeds".

        I personally try not to shortcut my words for anything whether text, personal emails etc. as it was becoming a nuisance whenever I have to be professional (especially when writing to a client). I see nothing wrong with going the shortcut route if you are capable of transitioning from one to the other when appropriate.

        I mean, some people really need help but some people just write how they please. Relax a little people.
  • SMH (18/05/2014, 17:35) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fire stations with at least one truck should be in east and west end. Waiting for a truck to come from town is pure nonsense and from even further away as in this case is ludacris. De government(s) too busy spending money on nonsense than on stuff that really matters.
  • @SMH (18/05/2014, 22:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    i was baffled as well. I thought there was a fire station Capoons Bay and 2 on the east side (Long Look area and Beef Island). What I would like to know if the one at the airport is allowed to leave the compound in situations like that one?
  • beef island (18/05/2014, 22:38) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    wouldn't it makes sense if there is any fire on the eastern side of the island that the Fire department of the airport should and be the backup or naturally on called if there is a fire on anywhere from The College towards east...

    Hope I didn't make any mistakes because the spelling police are out. I should leave (be4) (u) stop wii sorry me! lol
    • open wide (19/05/2014, 06:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I didn’t expect perfection. I expected people to try to be creative
    • Kim (19/05/2014, 09:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not the fire truck at beef island cant leave the airport not even to put a bush fire out on the oposite side of the station fence It would would have to b a major incident and no planes are not landing understand. THE trucksARE BUILD DIFFERENT one is domestic and the other aerodrome firefighting.
    • @beef island (19/05/2014, 09:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The airport fire service is not a part of the regular fire service, and cannot attend to fires as you indicated. If all tenders are in working condition, one can be used in an emergency situation, as in the case of the fire by Betteto a few years ago, very early in the morning before the airport is opened to air traffic.

      Generally, what is at beef island is for beef island only.
  • Yep (19/05/2014, 06:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U said 'on called'-should b 'on call'..jus saying
  • Me (20/05/2014, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are the insurance companies doing about this situation? Only one fire truck to go East and West? This is crazy........then when people house burn down the insurance gonna go up for all since fire is a disaster! Not good at all. Where are our leaders in their vision?
  • gg (20/05/2014, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These government departments appear to be in permanent crisis management mode ..Time to fix this permanently .....


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