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Fire breaks out @ Diamond Estate home; Woman trapped

December 11th, 2017 | Tags: fire Diamond Estate Zebalon A. McLean generator fire
The fire at a home in Diamond Estate, on the main island of Tortola, seen from a distance yesterday December 10, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
It was on December 5, 2017 that a generator housed on the roof of RJT Edifice in Road Town burst into flames. Photo: Team of Reporters
It was on December 5, 2017 that a generator housed on the roof of RJT Edifice in Road Town burst into flames. Photo: Team of Reporters
DIAMOND ESTATE, Tortola, VI- A fire broke out at a home in Diamond Estate, on the main island of Tortola, yesterday December 10, 2017.

According to reports, a woman was also trapped in the upper floor of the affected building but eventually made it to safety.

Information reaching this news room is that the fire, which occurred sometime before 4:00 P.M., was due to a generator catching on fire.

No one was reportedly injured in the incident and the home where the fire started was not severely damaged, according to reports.

Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean confirmed the incident but said he hadn’t any details and that the incident was being investigated.

Second generator fire in a week

The fire on Sunday was the second generator fire in a week.

It was on December 5, 2017 that a fire started at the RJT Edifice in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola but was quickly extinguished by the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service officers.

Chief Fire Officer McLean had also confirmed to this news site that the incident was a result of a generator housed on the roof of the building catching on fire.

6 Responses to “Fire breaks out @ Diamond Estate home; Woman trapped”

  • NezRez (11/12/2017, 09:39) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    People need to be informed on how to use generators. You should not run them for hours at a time, only when necessary. You should never add gasoline when the generator is hot, it should be cool to the touch. You must make sure you have efficient oil in it also. Please people adhere to what i say and save your lives. Generators are a backup system, not for running all day and night.
  • Gumption.Official (11/12/2017, 10:00) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I’m truly happy no one was hurt. Accident always waiting to happen. I do know that our community did put on a few free demonstration on how to properly care and protect ourselves from generators to avoid accident for accidents happen when unexpected. I’m happy everyone made it out.
  • cay (11/12/2017, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    these generators going kill some one sooner or later
  • wize up (11/12/2017, 16:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    super Markets selling these refurbished $h!t: things will happen I have been operating generators at my homes and business for 20 years and to date no fires: a lot of generators have overworked because most of them are standby(current goes for a few hours)....some of them are not designed to run continuously: for long durations you need industrial type and preferably diesel: but accidents do happen; especially with gasoline systems running day after day after day.....
  • w (12/12/2017, 06:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    People also hâve to understand stop plugging in everything in the damn generator at once. Fridge phone TV
  • sunshine state (12/12/2017, 16:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Solar panels don't need any such care instructions and don't have fume or fire related incidents... Nor do wind turbines or solar hot water heaters.


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