No one hurt in blaze that destroys Smith Bay home

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ST. THOMAS - A Smith Bay home was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon, but no one was injured.

A unit from the V.I. Fire Service's Lima Company responded to a report of a structural fire about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Smith Bay community.

Ten firefighters arrived on scene initially, at which point the home was completely engulfed in flames, according to Fire Service Assistant Director Daryl George.

The three-bedroom home had one person who was at home at the time, though no one was injured. More people are believed to live at the residence, though George did not know how many.

Firefighters from the Hotel and Echo companies also responded, and it took about 25 minutes for all of them to get the fire under control, according to George. The crew had four pieces of fire equipment, which would include trucks or engines, on hand.

A vehicle that had been parked on the same property was partially burned, George said, and the fire almost spread to other vehicles.

The Fire Service dispatched its arson prevention unit following the fire. The unit is looking into the cause of the fire but has made no conclusions as to the cause or origin thus far.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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