Accidental fire torches car


A Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel suppresses the fire on the vehicle. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services has determined that the fire that engulfed a car over the weekend was a result of an accidental blaze.

DFEMS determined that the fire was accidental and there were no fatalities due to the fire or accident.

“Further examination of the vehicle and fire patterns indicated that the area of origin was at the engine compartment and spread [toward] the backseat of the vehicle. No injuries or fatalities were reported on the scene. Based on the information developed through investigations, interviews, and scene examinations, it is revealed that the fire’s cause was the vehicle impacting the tree, which may have caused fuel systems or electrical systems to become defective,” DFEMS stated.

The Department of Public Safety reported last Sunday, at around 4:38am, that a vehicle was on fire on Capital Hill near the old Passport Office. The fire got started after the driver of the vehicle lost control and rammed a tree.

Fire Investigator Benjamin Paul Manglona stated in his report that a 22-year-old male was heading home from Garapan when he lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid potholes. The vehicle then hit a tree, causing the fire to start in the engine compartment not long after the impact.

According to a DFEMS press release, DPS officers reported the vehicle that was in flames at around 4:39am. The vehicle fire was contained at 5:03am.

Investigators from the Division of Fire Prevention and Arson Investigation then arrived on the scene to investigate and assess the cause of the fire.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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