Funtastic Park sign ignites, no injuries reported

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A video depicting the incident appears to show a portion of the Funtastic Park sign specifically the zebra in flames, immediately followed by a cloud of smoke. (PNC photo)

Guam – A blanket of smoke filled the air as the entrance sign to Funtastic Park at the Micronesia Mall erupted in flames last night – a sight which took many mall goers by surprise.

A video depicting the incident appears to show a portion of the Funtastic Park sign specifically the zebra in flames, immediately followed by a cloud of smoke.

Guam Fire Department spokesman Kevin Reilly said, “We got a call after the fact. Prior to arrival of our engine company, security had put out the portion of the Funtastic Park sign that had been smoldering from a short in the wiring and evacuated shoppers from the park and the food court for safety.”

According to Reilly, the mall’s engineering department had disconnected the electrical wiring from the sign and began cleanup. No one was reportedly injured as a result of the  incident.

Micronesia Mall Vice President Phil Schrage said he has yet to see the official incident report but the sign which is in question must be certified by a licensed electrician before it can be utilized again.

He said the mall is equipped with smoke extraction fans. These fans are activated once smoke is detected in the building.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.