Top floor of Housing Authority building damaged in fire remains empty
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ST. CROIX - The top floor of the V.I. Housing Authority Central Office on St. Croix continues to remain vacant after a Jan. 24 fire, as officials await processing of an insurance claim, according to information presented at a Housing Authority meeting Wednesday.
"There's an inordinate delay" in the processing of the claim, Housing Authority Executive Director Robert Graham told Kimberly Wize, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official who oversees and acts as a board for the Housing Authority.
Graham and Patrick Moss, V.I. Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director for St. Croix, estimated the claim was for about $800,000, although when pressed, neither was able to provide a specific amount.
The Jan. 24 fire at the authority's Central Office, near the Aureo Diaz housing community, was reported about 5:10 a.m.
Fire Service officials said that firefighters discovered a number of file cabinets on fire. The papers in the file cabinets were ablaze, and a lock on one of the building's doors was broken.
Housing Authority officials said Wednesday they intend to be more aggressive seeking resolution of the insurance claim.
- Joy Blackburn