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Levuka hazard

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

THE Old Capital is a fire hazard waiting to happen, says chief fire officer Levuka Jona Daunitutu.

National Fire Authority hopes to improve the situation at Levuka where most of the buldings are wooden and over 100 years old.

"There are no fire hydrants in town and I don't think most places except for Pacific Fishing Company have fire extinguishers," he said.

Mr Daunitutu said the town was built in the 1800s and the buildings were too close to each other.

He said a fire in one building would mean a town fire.

"We are in consultation with the building owners to have fire insulators, a firewall, installed into the buildings to decrease the chances of fire spreading to the next building," he said.

Mr Daunitutu said most, if not all, of the buildings lacked fire alarm systems.

Levuka only has one fire tender, three full-time staff and nine volunteers.

The last major fire in Ovalau was the PAFCO fire in 2008 when the old factory building was destroyed.





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