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Fire department responds to 55 grass fires in May

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THE Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to a total of 55 grass fires on Saipan in May, DFEMS spokesman Derek Gersonde said.

The grass fires burned a total of 22 acres of land area and used 11,665 gallons of water, he said.

On June 9, Tuesday, the department responded to a fire that broke out at a semi-concrete, abandoned house structure on Capital Hill.

The fire department received the 911 call at 8:07 a.m., Gersonde said.

 The fire department responded to a grass fire in Papago on Tuesday afternoon. DFEMS photo

At 8:15 a.m., he added, Engine-2 from the Garapan Fire Station, Engine-5 from the Kagman Fire Station, Medic-3 from the Capital Hill Fire Station and Rescue-1 from the Susupe Fire Station were en route, arriving on scene at 8:17 a.m.

Gersonde said no persons were injured and no treatment was provided at the scene for medical complaints related to the fire.

The fire was reported under control at 9:25 a.m., he added.

Preliminary scene investigation by the Arson Investigation Unit revealed that the point of origin of the fire was located inside the structure on the western side.

Investigation also revealed that the fire was incendiary in nature, Gersonde said, adding that the incident is still under investigation.

 

 

 

 

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