A THREE-bedroom house in a squatter settlement was destroyed by a fire yesterday morning, leaving two people homeless.
The fire has prompted the National Fire Authority to reiterate its call for people living in informal or squatter settlements to take extra care in ensuring they identify and control possible causes of fire.
The NFA received a call at 7:56am and responded immediately but when firefighters arrived at the scene at Khemendra St in Vatuwaqa, Suva, the house was engulfed in flames.
It said the house was empty when the fire started and the fire crew stopped the fire from spreading to nearby houses.
NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor has urged the community to take extra care. "This incident brings to 25 the total number of structural fires this year, of which 10 occurred in squatter settlements," he said.
He urged all members of the community to engage in good housekeeping practices.