Fire in Chalan Piao remains under investigation


A trash fire in Chalan Piao yesterday afternoon remains under investigation, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The trash fire, which took place behind the Chalan Piao Supermarket yesterday afternoon, was contained as of 2:46pm, but remains under investigation. DFEMS said the cause of the fire remains undetermined as of press time.

According to a report from DFEMS, at around 1:10pm yesterday, dispatch received a call of a grass fire in Chalan Piao. Responders from the Susupe Fire Station and from the Garapan Fire Station were sent to the site, arriving on scene at 1:21pm.

First responding units confirmed that the fire was a roadside trash fire with vegetation. Fire crews put it out to prevent it from traveling or damaging the nearby homes.

DFEMS reported that the fire was controlled at 2:46pm and no one was hurt at the scene.

According to a woman who lives in the area who asked not to be named, the sirens caught her attention first even though she already smelled the smoke from her apartment.

“This is normal for the south because someone is always burning trash so I ignored it. A few minutes later, I heard the sirens and, being curious, I looked outside and…I saw thick black clouds and it looked like it was behind Chalan Piao Supermarket, “she said.

According to her, she was in the middle of her online class when she noticed the fire so she was unable to offer any assistance.

“I was in the middle of Zoom University and all of a sudden I smelled smoke. I wanted to check it, but unfortunately, I was still in class and it wouldn’t have been over until the next hour or so. I hope that everyone is okay there,” she said.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at

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