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UPDATE: Firefighters successfully battle brush blaze @ Meyers Estate

- Firefighters fought blaze for over 2 hours
A brush fire at Meyers Estate, on the main island of Tortola, last night May 8, 2019 was successfully brought under control by firefighters of Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services (VIF&RS). Photo: VINO
Firefighters promptly responded and successfully managed to prevent the fire from reaching an apartment building belonging to local businessman Mr Simon Potter. Photo: VINO
Firefighters promptly responded and successfully managed to prevent the fire from reaching an apartment building belonging to local businessman Mr Simon Potter. Photo: VINO
A brush fire has started at Meyers Estate, on the main island of Tortola, and is said to be burning dangerously close to an apartment building. Photo: Team of Reporters
A brush fire has started at Meyers Estate, on the main island of Tortola, and is said to be burning dangerously close to an apartment building. Photo: Team of Reporters
The apartment building threatened is said to belong to local businessman Mr Simon Potter. Photo: Team of Reporters
The apartment building threatened is said to belong to local businessman Mr Simon Potter. Photo: Team of Reporters
The brush fire at Meyers Estate on May 8, 2019 is said to be spreading rapidly due to the dryness of the terrain. Photo: Team of Reporters
The brush fire at Meyers Estate on May 8, 2019 is said to be spreading rapidly due to the dryness of the terrain. Photo: Team of Reporters
MEYERS ESTATE, Tortola, VI- The brush fire that raged dangerously close to an apartment building at Meyers Estate, on the main island of Tortola, last night May 8, 2019 was successfully brought under control by firefighters of Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services (VIF&RS).

The fire reportedly started sometime after 9:00pm; however, VIF&RS received the call around 9:56pm.

Firefighters promptly responded and successfully managed to prevent the fire from reaching an apartment building belonging to local businessman Mr Simon Potter.

Occupants of the building were not required to vacate, according to Chief Fire Officer Mr Zebalon A. McLean, who also noted that the cause of the fire is still not known.

The blaze was brought under control around 12:15am.

Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) and Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull were also on the scene to check on the welfare of persons affected.

See previous article published Wednesday May 9, 2019

Brush fire closes in on home @ Meyers Estate 

Word just reaching our newsroom is that a brush fire has started at Meyers Estate, on the main island of Tortola, and is said to be burning dangerously close to an apartment building.

The fire reportedly started sometime after 9:00pm. It is unclear how it started.

Fire fighters are on the scene battling the blaze.

The apartment building threatened is said to belong to local businessman Mr Simon Potter. This news site was told the fire has encircled the apartment building; however, persons are assisting to fight the blaze with cistern water.

Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean confirmed the reports of the fire but said he had no further updates.

Brush fires are particularly dangerous at this time due to the dry spell being experienced in the Territory.

More details to follow.

10 Responses to “UPDATE: Firefighters successfully battle brush blaze @ Meyers Estate”

  • wth (09/05/2019, 00:36) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is terrible. Pray everyone is safe
  • mango (09/05/2019, 03:12) Like (0) Dislike (15) Reply
    Why be troubled? Shake the bottle twice, and everything will be nice!
  • Anonymous (09/05/2019, 04:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would have rather research ways to out the fire than try and figure out the difference between brush and bush. I’m praying for your apt and tenants Mr Potter.
  • one eye (09/05/2019, 06:36) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    My prayers
  • wize up (09/05/2019, 06:51) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is one of the first times I hearing about this many bush fires
  • JB (09/05/2019, 11:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good is good. The rain came just in the nick of time.
  • Mayers (09/05/2019, 13:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s not an apartment building. It’s a family living house.
  • Take Responsibility (10/05/2019, 08:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a people we can help prevent the spread of fires by clearing around our homes, especially during any dry spell. Removing debris, clearing around the perimeters of our properties, and any other preventative measures that would prove real helpful when nearby brush/bush fires get out of control.

    The high number of recent fires is quite alarming.


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