A MAN is dead and his mother is recovering in hospital after a fire destroyed their house yesterday.
The 35-year-old man is believed to have poured kerosene on himself and set himself alight at his home in Vunikavika settlement in Nayawa, Sigatoka. In a statement, the National Fire Authority said its officers responded to a call at 7:16am and when they arrived at the scene at 7:20am, the house was engulfed in flames.
"Investigations have revealed that the house was intentionally set on fire by an occupant who after setting fire in the property, poured kerosene on himself and later died at the hospital. The matter has been referred to the police," the NFA said.
Police said investigations into the incident were continuing.
"A 35-year-old man of Vunikavika settlement in Nayawa, Sigatoka died this afternoon (yesterday) due to severe burns sustained this morning (yesterday) in a fire," police said in a statement.
"It is alleged that the deceased poured fuel on himself before setting himself alight.
"The incident also resulted in his 62-year-old mother sustaining burns and is admitted at the Sigatoka Hospital.
"The deceased's two bedroom house was also completely destroyed in the fire.
"Fortunately his three-year -old daughter was unharmed during the incident and investigations are continuing," the police statement said.
Yesterday's fire has increased the number of structural fires this year to 78 compared to 99 for the same period last year.