A fire last Saturday fully engulfed a wooden, abandoned building in San Jose directly behind Dolphins Wholesale store. No casualties were reported.
According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the department responded to a report about a house on fire around 10:03am last Saturday and the fire was contained shortly after.
Investigators later confirmed that the building is a single-story abandoned wooden structure and the cause of the fire is still undetermined. The scene is still being processed by DFEMS fire investigators. There have been several incidents of grass fires in the last few days due to a persistent drought across the region. There has been no word if the house fire and grass fires are related.
On Saturday at 10:03am, DFEMS reportedly received a call from a male person about a structure that was on fire in the San Jose village, behind Dolphins.
At 10:05am, DFEMS—Engine-2 from the Garapan Fire Station and Rescue-1, Forestry-1, and Medic-1 from the Susupe Fire Station—responded to the scene.
The Rescue-1 and Medic-1 were the first to arrive at the scene at 10:10am, followed by Engine-2 and Forestry-1, arriving at 10:12am.
The fire was reportedly controlled at 10:24am. No individuals were injured and no treatments were provided at the scene for medical complaints in relation to the fire.
Responding units confirmed that structure was fully engulfed and fire crews continued to suppress the fire and prevent the flames from traveling or damaging homes adjacent to it.
The Saipan Tribune visited the scene yesterday and, according to a man who lives around the area, they believe the fire could have been from the dry weather and heat on that day.
DFEMS has been responding to wildland fires back to back, with multiple brush fires erupting in the northern parts of Saipan. Over seven were contained over the course of last week.
The brush fire eruption is attributed to the island shifting from the rainy season to the dry season.