A fire believed to have been intentionally set off gobbled early yesterday morning the concessionaire stand of Xtreme Marine Sports located at the beach site behind the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.
No one was injured as the concessionaire stand was closed when the fire broke out at 4:30am, Saipan Tribune learned.
The blaze burned the tin and wooden stand. About 14 life jackets, a banana boat, two wake boards, a water ski, and documents, all worth over $2,000, were destroyed in the blaze.
The Department of Public Safety has yet to release information about the blaze as of yesterday.
Josie Pineda, operations manager for Xtreme Marine, told Saipan Tribune that she learned about the fire at 5:08am when a newspaper deliveryman called her through a radio.
Pineda said that when she arrived at the scene at 5:30am, the fire was already extinguished because of the strong rain.
Pineda believes that the fire began on the roof, which was made up of tin and coconut leaves.
“I’m 100 percent sure it was intentionally burned,” she added.
Pineda and her four staff closed the stand on Sunday at 4:30pm, but her employees were still in the area at 7pm, fishing.
Pineda has no idea as to who started the blaze but feels sorry for that person. She said the fire will not stop her from having a “business-as-usual” attitude and that she will build a new stand again tomorrow and buy new equipment.
She disclosed that the stand was burglarized three months ago and the suspect stole a gas stove and butane gas. A week later, the stand was burglarized again and the suspect took a ukulele and a boat radio.
In February 2010, a fire of unknown cause burned the concessionaire stand of the Asia Marine Sports, which was located next to Xtreme Marine.
Concerned citizens said that bystanders with criminal records hang out in the Carolinian Utt area at night and would vandalize or steal items once they get drunk.