One of the Micronesia Mall food court vendors remains closed after a fire that occurred yesterday morning.
Around 9:30 a.m., a small fire erupted at of one of the food court’s vendors, Veggie & Seafood, according to Vic Lo, the mall’s manager.
The fire, he said, spread to the vendor’s range hood, which removes airborne grease, fumes and smoke created when cooking.
“Because (the hood) was full of oil, it aggregated (a fire),” Lo said. “The fire department came over and started to put it out.”
While no one was hurt during the fire, Lo said, there was damage to the ceilings and the ducts.
Lo said the Guam Fire Department also checked the other food court vendors’ range hoods for similar issues.
“It resorted to some of them should clean it and everything,” Lo said. “Although they are permitted to reopen and sell the food they had cooked, they had to clean their hood. They have to be reinspected.”
The incident was deemed under control sometime before 10 a.m., Lo said, with the mall remaining closed until everything was cleared for safety.
However, Veggie & Seafood will remain closed until the vendor is reinspected, according to Marilou Scroggs, environmental public health officer for the Department of Public Health and Social Services environmental health division.
The vendor will have to contact Public Health when its ready for an inspection, she said.