St. Thomas brush fire started by an iguana, not an arsonist

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ST. THOMAS - A brush fire near Lockhart Elementary School on St. Thomas on Monday was started by an iguana, according to V.I. Fire Service Assistant Director Daryl George.

It had originally been reported by St. Thomas Rescue sources that it was started by an arsonist, but George said that was not the case. "It could have been a bird or an iguana, we think it was an iguana because we found a dead iguana in the area," George said.

The fire was in the area behind Schneider Hospital, near Lockhart Elementary School.

George said the iguana, or other animal, made contact with a power line and a spark fell down to the dry grass in the area. Power was knocked out to the area as well, he said.

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