Brush fire burns 25 acres on St. Croix

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ST. CROIX - A brush fire Thursday morning in Estate Longford on the island's South Shore burned about 25 acres before it was extinguished.

No one was injured in the blaze, and no buildings were threatened, according to St. Croix Deputy Fire Chief Mariano Camacho Jr.

The call about a brush fire in progress came in to 911 dispatchers at 9:29 a.m. Thursday.

Camacho said that one unit from Richmond, one from Frederiksted and another from Cotton Valley responded. Nine firefighters under the command of Lt. Paul Christian fought the blaze, he said.

Firefighters used a new piece of equipment, an all-terrain vehicle fitted out with firefighting equipment, to help bring the blaze under control, according to Camacho. It can gain access to places where the larger fire trucks cannot, he said.

"It was very instrumental in us extinguishing this fire," he said.

High wind presented a challenge, he said.

"It gave our guys a little bump in the road," Camacho said. "But we were able to contain the fire and extinguish it."

Firefighters had the blaze out by 1:35 p.m. Thursday, he said. Camacho estimated that 25 acres of land was burned.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation, he said.

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