Press Release

Ministry of Communications and Works
Fire and Rescue Service
Release Date:
Tuesday, 2 June 2020 - 5:53pm

Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Zebalon McLean is commending his officers for their quick response in putting out a fire at an apartment building at Sugar Mill Road on Monday, June 1.

Mr. McLean said the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service received a call at the Fire Headquarters at 6:25 p.m. that a house was on fire.  He said his fire officers responded immediately and were able to confine the fire to the bedroom where it started. The blaze was brought under control by 6:39 p.m. and extinguished shortly thereafter.

The Chief Fire Officer said, “I am extremely proud of my officers that they were able to avoid displacing tenants and severe loss to the building’s owner. All our fire officers continue to do an amazing job.”

Mr. McLean is also urging residents to be mindful of their surroundings and mitigate the risk of uncontrolled fires. 

The Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service continues to pledge to protect life, property and the environment, through a proactive approach to continuously enhance the quality of service provided. 

For more information telephone the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service at 468-4268 or 468-4182.

Photo 1) Leading Fire Officer Benson Thomas and two of his crew after returning to Fire Headquarters. 
Photo 2) Sugar Mill Road residence after the fire. (Photo Credit: Provided)


Giovanni Herbert

Information Officer
Telephone:  468-2035