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.