GFD: ‘Aged’ wires partly to blame for DPHSS fire

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Guam Fire Department has advised that the wiring in the aging public facility is unsafe and will have to be replaced.

Multiple electrical deficiencies prompted the closure of the Public Health building in Mangilao, according to the Guam Fire Department.

On NewsTalk K57 this morning, Public Health director Linda DeNorcey told Andrea Pellacani that the Guam Fire Department has advised that the wiring in the aging public facility is unsafe and will have to be replaced.

The Department of Public Works has been asked to assess the cost of replacing the wiring and it is not clear yet whether the building will be reopened.

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Joey San Nicolas, Deputy Fire Chief, said there was enough heat created that began the melting of the insulation of multiple different electrical appliances and wires.

“That’s where we think the original smoke was coming from. And throughout the inspection that was conducted afterward, to try and find the exact origin, our inspectors came across a bunch of possibilities and that’s not a good thing. So as they were pulling down the ceiling tiles and looking through the walls, they noticed a lot of aged wires that were exposed,” San Nicolas said.

DPHSS Director Linda DeNorcey said they’ll have DPW assess the building to see how much the cost will be if all the electrical wiring is fixed.

“So we’re going to determine what’s the cost. If it’s going to be so costly to the point that it may require lots of money, perhaps looking at an entirely new building would be another option,” DeNorcey said.

According to DeNorcey, certain DPHSS divisions have already been moved to the Castle Mall in Mangilao, as well as in the northern and southern regional centers.

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