4 lose home in Dandan fire

Posted on Nov 01 2019

In this photo provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, firemen work to suppress the fire at a home in Dandan. (Contributed Photo)

Four people were displaced when a fire broke out at a house in Dandan yesterday morning but, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, none of the victims were injured in the blaze.

The fire, which destroyed part of a house in Dandan next to the Children’s Park, reportedly started past 9am and was controlled an hour later, at 10:12am.

No persons were injured and no treatments were provided at the scene for medical complaints in relation to the fire.

According to DFEMS, it received a call about the fire at 9:18am from the Department of Public Safety 911 dispatch team.

About two minutes later, at 9:20am, rescue and medical teams from the Garapan and Kagman fire stations were sent to the site, with the first units arriving at the scene at about 9:24am.

The first responding units of DFEMS confirmed that the fire was just at the rear part of the house and fire crews worked to prevent it from traveling or damaging the rest of the home.

Investigators confirmed that the building is a single-story fully concrete residence. The cause of the fire is still undetermined and fire investigators are still processing the scene.

According to an American Red Cross-NMI Chapter statement, a Disaster Action Team—composed of Jack Amirez, Selmalyn Taitano, and J.D. Tenorio—immediately gave emergency assistance to the victims at the scene.

“The American Red Cross is extremely grateful for the community’s support as it allows us to continue to provide comfort and hope to disaster victims in our communities,” said John Hirsh, executive director of the NMI Chapter. The Red Cross encourages everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of fires by installing smoke alarms in their homes and to create emergency plans. Individuals interested in getting free smoke alarms installed in their homes can reach out to the Red Cross-NMI Chapter at (670) 234-3459 for more information.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at marc_venus@saipantribune.com.
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