CNMI sees back-to-back fires


The CNMI saw back-to-back fires throughout this week, with one engulfing a home in San Vicente and another engulfing a large portion of vegetation on Capital Hill.

According to Derek Gersonde, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesperson, DFEMS received a call yesterday at 1:11pm reporting a grass fire on Capital Hill.

As of 7:33pm, the fire was contained but still ongoing. Engine 2 from the Garapan Fire Station and Engine-5 from the Kagman Fire Stationweren on standby for residential cover exposure.

Gersonde confirmed that two days before, a home in San Vicente was engulfed in flames. Fortunately, there were no injuries. As of press time yesterday, there were no further details of this fire.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross NMI Chapter responded to the home fire. According to a Red Cross statement, Disaster Action Team volunteers received a call about the fire at 2am. Red Cross volunteers dispatched to the scene were able to interview the client and provide immediate emergency assistance.

John Hirsh, executive director of the ARC-NMI Chapter, said Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help coordinate aid for the family affected and will continue to assist with planning to meet the needs of the family.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of our volunteers, community, and all the generous donors, which gives us the means and resources to continue the Red Cross mission of providing hope and relief to victims of disasters,” he said.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
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