A 57-YEAR-old grandmother risked her life to save her twin eight-month-old granddaughters from their burning home in Nasinu on Wednesday.
Kamlesh Wati's concrete and wooden three-bedroom house at Tuirara subdivision caught fire around 7.30pm while family members were watching television.
"The fire spread quickly and the thickness of the smoke made it difficult for us to walk inside the house but I did not care because the babies were trapped inside the bedroom," she said.
Mrs Wati said she ran into the bedroom and got the two sleeping babies out of harm's way.
She was thankful no one was hurt during the fire.
An emotional Mrs Wati, who lived in the area for 17 years, said she lost everything in the fire. "The fire started from the bedroom. We were not able to save anything because the fire spread too quickly."
She said her family of eight worked hard to meet the daily needs and had managed to build their home by saving small amounts of money.
Mrs Wati said the babies were left with the pair of clothes they were wearing that night.
"We don't have any clothes or food left. All we had has gone in the fire."
She said her family needed help from members of the public so that they could rebuild their lives. "Please help us and my two granddaughters in whatever way you can," Mrs Wati pleaded with this newspaper.
Meanwhile, the National Fire Authority said they were still carrying out investigations to ascertain the cause of the fire.
It said 75 structural fires occurred this year.