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UPDATE: Battery leak source of 'unpleasant' fumes at Commercial Court- McLean

Following right on the heels of the evacuation of the Elmore Stoutt High School yesterday, March 21, 2013 occupants of the Commercial Court building in Road Town were forced to evacuate this morning March 22, 2013 due to a gas leak. Photo: VINO/File
The building that houses the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court- Commercial Division is located opposite the Road Town Ferry Dock. Photo: VINO/File
The building that houses the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court- Commercial Division is located opposite the Road Town Ferry Dock. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chief Fire Officer Mr Zebalon McLean has confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online that the source of the fumes that forced the evacuation of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Commercial Division building in Road Town this morning March 22, 2013 was from a damaged back-up battery in the building and not a gas leak as was suspected by some persons.

"The battery had pretty much run the course of its life and there was a bit of swelling and a slight bit of seepage so the fumes that was coming off there was from the acid and would have been very unpleasant," Mr McLean said.

Mr Mclean further said that once the source of the fumes were identified, the building cleared, and the source of the danger passed, the situation was handed over to the Information Technology Department of Government.

See previous article posted on March 22, 2013

Commercial Court building evacuated 

Following right on the heels of the evacuation of the Elmore Stoutt High School yesterday, occupants of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme, Commercial Division building in Road Town were forced to evacuate this morning March 22, 2013 due to a suspected gas leak.

 

Reports reaching Virgin Islands News so far is that no one has been hurt or hospitalised.

The Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue has been called in to handle the situation.

The area is currently cordoned off.

Only yesterday a suspected gas leak at the Elmore Stoutt High School forced the evacuation of teachers and students and subsequent suspension of classes. Three students were reportedly overwhelmed by the fumes and had to be taken to hospital after collapsing.

14 Responses to “UPDATE: Battery leak source of 'unpleasant' fumes at Commercial Court- McLean”

  • ... (22/03/2013, 09:49) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    Goodness gracious, yet another one????? Who lose these bad Oman on we the people????
  • polo (22/03/2013, 09:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ....nobody is gonna be held accountable....
  • Lee (22/03/2013, 10:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this becoming a pattern, whose next? if the entire BVI has to be affected by gas leak BOOM we all dead!!!
  • up town (22/03/2013, 10:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to start praying for this poor place too much gloom and doom
  • Lord (22/03/2013, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please nobody light a match in town.
  • Linky (22/03/2013, 10:26) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    These backwood A/C people seem to be causing a problem.
    • facts man (22/03/2013, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      We need a week of prayer for this sinful country something has gone wrong …too much mishap too often
  • Flowers (22/03/2013, 11:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it a coincidence that the Elmo Stoutt High School had to be evacuated (bearing in mind that the High Court is right next door) and now the Commercial Court? Is Magistrate’s Court next??? #just curious
  • Good Response (22/03/2013, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice job CFO and your team. I see the Cordon in place and the source of the problem quickly identified. Well done!
  • jtv (22/03/2013, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes ndp throwing glass bombs at high school and now the court...at least we the people got a five mins break from the NDP sins
  • bvi (22/03/2013, 18:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh you bloggers never seize to amaze me. What a bunch of crock.


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