Guam - For the second day in a row, the Department of Revenue & Taxation was closed as a result of an electrical fire on Tuesday. Rev & Tax director John Camacho tells KUAM that several employees returned to work this morning and had to leave after falling ill from a lingering foul odor within the Barrigada facility. He says the uninterruptible power supply machine in the computer systems room caught on fire filling the entire facility with heavy smoke.
"What we're doing right now basically is we're working with our air conditioning people JWS to see what we can do. They're going to be cleaning up all the filters and they're going to look at what they can do to better the air movement within the building," he explained.
Camacho says the UPS is essentially a power back up and helps stabilize and protect the computers when there are power surges. He adds no data was lost as a result as the systems are additionally backed up through the Department of Administration. He says the machines are expected to cost around $50,000 to $75,000 and is working with the Governor's Office to make an emergency declaration to help with expenses. As for filing and paying any tax documents, they are being accepted at the Treasurer of Guam in Hagatna and all due dates affected by the closure will be extended accordingly. No word yet on whether Rev & Tax will reopen Thursday.