THE National Fire Authority is concerned with the alarming rate of structural fires in the country, particularly in the Western Division.
This after a five-bedroom corrugated iron dwelling was destroyed by fire at Narewa Village in Rakiraki on Sunday night, leaving a watchman and his wife homeless just one week after a Naevuevu villager died in a home fire.
NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor urged members of the community to take extra precautionary measures to avoid disappointment from the loss of lives and properties.
"I am reiterating my earlier calls for members of the public to take our advice seriously by taking safety measures against fires," he said.
"As for the Narewa fire, luckily the watchman and his wife were not injured when the fire started around 7.15pm.
"Property owners are requested to be responsible enough and to take fire safety seriously and not assume that a fire will not happen to their property."
Mr O'Connor said there have been 55 structural fires compared to 60 for the same period last year.
He said investigation was continuing.
Mr O'Connor also pleaded with people in the West to be mindful of grass and forest fires during this dry season.