Brush fire destroys 150 acres on St. Croix's East End


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ST. CROIX - A quick-spreading brush fire lit up the sky late Saturday and continued Sunday morning on the island's East End.

St. Croix Fire Chief Corey Kent said the blaze started about a quarter mile east of Cramer Park beach where dozens of people were camping this Easter weekend.

Kent said the call reporting the fire came in at 10 p.m., and a team of eight firefighters from the Grove Place, Christiansted and Cotton Valley stations, led by Capt. Henry Joseph, took about four hours to extinguish the blaze

He said they used about 700 gallons of water to completely put out the fire, which reportedly consumed more than 150 acres of hilly terrain.

Kent said no structures or livestock were threatened by the blaze and no one was reported injured.

The investigation into its cause of the fire continues.

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