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UPDATE: Fire completely guts 2 businesses; scorches 1

Firefighters are battling to save buildings near the Administration Complex in this morning's Road Town fire. Photo: VINO
What's left of the businesses razed by fire this morning April 8, 2014. Photo: VINO
What's left of the businesses razed by fire this morning April 8, 2014. Photo: VINO
What's left of the businesses razed by fire this morning April 8, 2014. Photo: VINO
What's left of the businesses razed by fire this morning April 8, 2014. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
Firefighters ensuring that the fire is completely extinguished. Photo: VINO
Firefighters ensuring that the fire is completely extinguished. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
The scene of the fire after the blaze was brought under control. Photo: VINO
An early morning fire in the vicinity of the Government Complex, across from Banco Popular, in Wickhams Cay, Road Town today April 8, 2014 completely destroyed two businesses and scorched another before it could be contained by firemen. Photo: Bradley Burke
An early morning fire in the vicinity of the Government Complex, across from Banco Popular, in Wickhams Cay, Road Town today April 8, 2014 completely destroyed two businesses and scorched another before it could be contained by firemen. Photo: Bradley Burke
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - An early morning fire in the vicinity of the Government Complex, across from Banco Popular, in Wickhams Cay, Road Town today April 8, 2014 completely destroyed two businesses and scorched another before it could be contained by firemen.

By the time Virgin Islands News Online arrived on the scene firefighters had contained the fire and had been seen dousing small blazes. The fire reportedly started sometime before 4 am today.

Senior Police officers in the scene confirmed to VINO that no one was hurt or was in the building at the time of the blaze.

The owner of the building which housed the businesses, Bettito Frett, speaking to Virgin Islands News Online on the scene of the fire, said that he received a call around 4 am that his place was ablaze. He said that by the time he reached there the building was totally engulfed in flames.

When this news site spoke to him he could not say whether anyone was in the building neither could he ascertain he amount of losses he suffered as a result of the fire.

Frett said that he was puzzled as to the cause of the fire that destroyed the building housing two business establishments: the Tree House night club and a restaurant called Spaghetti Junction. A section of the building also housed the Little Switzerland business establishment and this received scorches from the fire but was not destroyed.

More details to follow.

See previous story posted on April 8, 2014:

Fire rages in Road Town!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There is a major fire raging in the area opposite the Administration Complex in Wickhams Cay, Road Town, Tortola and at this point firefighters are battling to save surrounding buildings today April 8, 2014.

According to reports, one building has already been destroyed as a result of the blaze whose cause is unknown at this point. This news site is in the process of gathering more details which would be posted later.

28 Responses to “UPDATE: Fire completely guts 2 businesses; scorches 1”

  • ccc (08/04/2014, 06:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Betito hope you got insurance
  • Me (08/04/2014, 06:56) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good work to the firefighters for containing the blaze and saving surrounding buildings.
    • Observer (08/04/2014, 09:45) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      As one of the boat owners at Village Cay, I would like to thank the fire department for a job well done. Valuable property was saved by their professionalism . The Husky Towing guys also did a great job of getting boats away from the flames.

      Thank-you gentlemen.
    • polo (08/04/2014, 13:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      me glad nobody was hurt and I hope he got insurance.
  • pat (08/04/2014, 06:59) Like (0) Dislike (48) Reply
    The fire dept is 5 mins away what was the response time?
    • on the key (08/04/2014, 09:17) Like (73) Dislike (1) Reply
      Less than two because they were flying up the road just when i called from on the key. Any other negative angles to knock the guys that out there keeping you and the vi safe? Just give them credit they did not light it they came to save it. Thanks guys keep it up!
      • DWL (08/04/2014, 16:30) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well said "on the key"

        Pat, you got to be shame like F..K lol

        (0-36)
  • Mick Mars (08/04/2014, 07:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hopefully no one was hurt in this accident, which I hope was not intentional.
  • ----------------- (08/04/2014, 07:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    smart man
  • kookkon (08/04/2014, 07:38) Like (4) Dislike (24) Reply
    The british government should have never let someone build a wooden shack in town anyways good luck to them
    • Online Now (08/04/2014, 09:07) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
      The British Government? When were they in charge of the planning department?
      • . (08/04/2014, 12:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        I wish they were in charge of the planning dept, maybe then my neighbors would not be building on my lot knowing that no one will make them stop!
        • Airrion (08/04/2014, 16:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          If you know they are building on your lot why haven't you stopped them?
    • Huh.... (08/04/2014, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The British Government??!!!
    • Real (08/04/2014, 12:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What British Government u talking about?Those building been there probably before u and me so stop talking stupidness if u don't have nothing else to say.
  • Scandal (08/04/2014, 10:16) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ayo need to investigate what's up with these business owners. this is not the first fire for that particular proprietor. Somebody needs to put an end to these.
    • Totally agree (08/04/2014, 23:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      There was a fire on the same property almost 10 yrs ago around the same time in the morning as well and it completely destroyed several businesses and boats. At that time it seemed like an accident but now a second fire involving the same property is much cause for suspicion. As older folks would say, "lightening don't strike the same place twice". An investigation truly needs to be conducted.
  • will v t (08/04/2014, 13:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    That fire wake me up could not go back to sleep but good worked guys
  • cnn (08/04/2014, 13:34) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    lets investigate this fire
  • Good job! (08/04/2014, 13:44) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great Job to the the firefighters!! It really gets to me when people insist on being negative, These guys did a really good job and all you guys can do is sit here and bash them regardless......

    keep up the good work guys!
  • new day (08/04/2014, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tree House gone...Where will the strippers go????? Oh i forgot Virgin Gorda.
  • angelgirl (08/04/2014, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks guys for job well done,time for we to live together as one an stop pointing finger
  • angelgirl (08/04/2014, 14:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks guys for job well done,time for we to live together as one an stop pointing finger
  • egg face (08/04/2014, 17:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope the girls were not burn
  • Hold Up! (08/04/2014, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is Ample Hamper gone????????
  • tricks (08/04/2014, 23:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bf. This is not your first fire... I wonder what you are up to.... Hm


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