Fire scorches Ginger Thomas home
Published: March 16, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Fire inspectors and forensic technicians are investigating an fire that broke out in an Estate Ginger Thomas home Friday afternoon.
St. Croix Deputy Fire Chief Corey Kent said seven firefighters who were on-duty at the time of the call, along with four additional off-duty firefighters, respond to the fire just before 3 p.m.
When the first truck, from the Richmond Station, arrived on the scene, thick black smoke was billowing from the southeastern side of the three-bedroom home, and the smell of burning plastic and wood was strong in the air over the densely-populated residential area.
Additional trucks arrived, and more firefighters jumped from the trucks, quickly securing their gear before heading toward the blaze. Kent said it took about 20 minutes for the firefighters to confine the blaze to the bedroom where the fire originated, and they used 1,500 gallons of water to get it completely extinguished.
Neighbors from down the street and just behind the burning dwelling gathered to watch as the firefighters doused the room and the dwelling's roof, pouring water through windows that had completely burned out of the concrete wall.
Once the blaze was extinguished and preliminary investigations had been conducted, Kent said, the point of origin of the fire was determined to be the bedroom, but additional information will be needed to pinpoint the cause of the fire.
No one was at home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured, Kent said.
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