The Guam Fire Department spent more than 24 hours trying to put out a deep-seated fire in Harmon Industrial Park located at the Dewitt moving company warehouse.
On the second day of extinguishing efforts, the road leading to the warehouse was blocked off by Guam Police Department.
Employees of Dewitt and other businesses in the area were asked to walk to their places of work because of the closure.
Dewitt employees declined to comment on the fire.
One of the businesses in close proximity to the Dewitt warehouse was Ambros Inc. who had to halt operations since the fire began Wednesday morning, according to marketing manager Jojo Camacho.
“Ambros was closed for the day yesterday, due to the restricted access while the fire was being extinguished” Camacho said. “Earlier today, the road was open to allow a limited amount of vehicles to leave our compound and eventually return.”
Ambros will be open Friday as well as Saturday to make up for lost time.
“We hope for the best as Ambros Inc., along with our neighbors, deal with the loss that this unfortunate event has brought upon us, and pray for everyone’s safety,” Camacho added
Three sides of the warehouse were burned through and with debris such as papers and furniture overflowing into the street.
GFD acting spokeswoman Cherika Chargualaf said the fire was deep-seated.
“It is not unusual for a fire to take this long to put out considering the contents inside,” she added.
Multiple fire trucks were at the scene hosing water into the warehouse, and GFD personnel used mini backhoe bulldozers to tear off what was left of the warehouse walls and move debris.
Two people from Andersen Air Force Base were on scene since the initial report of the fire, assisting GFD by filling up tanks and improve the water pressure used in extinguishing efforts.
Guam International Airport Authority Fire Rescue units were also on scene to assist with the fire.
As of 1:16 p.m. Thursday, the fire was under control, but not extinguished. Units were still working on putting it out late Thursday afternoon, according to Chargualaf.
The blaze was first reported early Wednesday morning.
The community in Harmon Industrial Park was asked by GFD to reduce water usage on the first day of extinguishing efforts to assist the responders to augment the need the responders had the time, Chargualaf said.
Smoke from the fire caused John F. Kennedy High School and Chief Brodie Memorial Elementary School to close for the day due to poor air quality on Wednesday.
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