ST. THOMAS — V.I. firefighters who battled a Thursday night blaze at the Royal Dane Mall in Charlotte Amalie were unable to use the fire hydrant nearest to the structure — because it was broken.

V.I. Fire Service Director Daryl George Sr. said his crews had to use the hydrant near FirstBank instead, which required more time, effort and an additional 500 feet of hose.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email