The cause of the fire that charred a portion of the canoe house in Susupe and the indigenous canoe (or sakman) inside it early Monday morning remains unknown but it has been determined that the flames originated beneath the overhang of the roof.
According to a Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services news release yesterday, a man called 911 last Monday, June 7, 2021 at approximately 4:10am to report the fire at the canoe house, which is near the West Coast Restaurant. DFEMS’ Engine 2 and Rescue 1 immediately responded to the location.
The DFEMS rescue vehicle was the first to arrive at the scene at 4:14am and confirmed that the hut was on fire. Three minutes later, at 4:17am, Alpha Company commander Lt. Patrick Semens said the fire was under control.
DFEMS Division of Fire Prevention and Arson Investigation, which was led by Firefighter Tony Santos, stated that the structure was partially burnt on the southern side. Burn patterns revealed that the area of origin was beneath the overhang of the roof. The canoe housed inside the hut also sustained moderate heat damage on the side. No injuries or deaths were reported on scene
Santos also stated that the fire is “still under investigation and more information will be given out accordingly.” (Saipan Tribune)