The Department of Public Safety has yet to determine the cause of a fire that engulfed about 200 junk cars at a new recycling center in Lower Base early Monday morning.
Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Blas Jr. said yesterday that arson investigators are still looking into the fire that struck the FSM Recycling Saipan, Inc.
“Arson or reckless burning has not been ruled in the incident,” said Blas.
He urged anyone having information in this case to call arson investigators at 664-9051 or the Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 234-7272.
Blas said that patrol and traffic officers responded to a call on Monday at 2:17am about a fire at the recycling center, located across the Saipan Mayor's Office storage establishment.
When the officers arrived, they saw that the fire has already engulfed a wide area of the recycling center's compound, Blas said
DPS Fire Suppression Unit Engine 1 arrived at the scene at 2:19am and relayed the situation to other responding fire crews.
Blas said Fire Engine I, CRBNE Unit (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive), Rescue I, and Medics 2 also helped suppress the fire.
Blas said the fire was eventually controlled at 3:49am and that no one was injured.
Blas said the origin of the fire was traced to the northern gate of the compound.
Jae Guk Yoon, 53, owner of the recycling center, told reporters on Tuesday that he believes that the fire was intentionally set off.
The center just opened on Jan. 5, 2013, and that its grand opening will be on March 15, 2013.