Resident believes Tamuning fire was set deliberately

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The Guam Fire Department received a call of a structure fire at around 2:17 a.m. this morning.

An early morning fire engulfed a home on Tun Josen Toves Way in Tamuning and while fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze to erupt, residents around the home believe that it was set intentionally.

The Guam Fire Department received a call of a structure fire at around 2:17 this morning. When GFD units arrived, they noted that two aluminum containers and a concrete structure were in flames.

GFD Spokesman Kevin Reilly reports that the structures were used for retail storage and no occupants were in the building at the time of the fire.

A neighboring resident who does not wish to be identified told PNC that they awoke early this morning to the sound of a loud pop and no power to their home. When they went to see what was going on they saw the storage home engulfed in flames.

The resident believes that the fire was set intentionally by an individual familiar with the area. They said the fire could not have been electrical in nature because the owner of the home arrived at 11 last night and turned off the power to the home.

The storage home has been burglarized at least six times since November, he said, adding that residents are concerned about the safety of the area.

The resident is hopeful that GPD would increase its patrol of the area.

GFD was able to get the fire under control after battling the flames for over three hours.

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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.