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Loud bang in inferno

Dawn Gibson
Monday, January 14, 2013

NAUSHAD Ali was devastated on Saturday afternoon when he arrived home only to see the remains of his house and ash from the fire which ravaged the entire structure.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, what is certain is that the occupants of Mr Ali's house — his wife and two children — will have to re-build their lives from scratch.

The house was located on Bau Rd in Nausori and police believe the house burnt down between 2pm and 2.30pm.

"That fire took everything, our clothes, all our electrical appliances and even my children's school books and bags for the new school year," said Mr Ali.

"We lost around $35,000 to $40,000 in that fire."

The two people who were in the house at the time of the fire were Mr Ali's wife, Nusrat Qayanaat Nisha and their son Numaan Ali.

"My son, who is six years old, and I were having our shower when I heard a loud bang in the front part of the house," said Ms Nisha.

"When we heard the sound, we quickly finished our shower and came out to see the front bedroom completely in flames.

"The flames were right up to the rafters of our ceiling.

"I couldn't think of anything more important than getting out of there safely with my son.

"I have no clue what that sound was, but all I know is that we were really lucky to have gotten out of the house."

Ms Nisha said she was determined to get her son out of the house.

"Thankfully, we are both fine, but all of my children's books and bags are all gone now," she recalled.

The couple's daughter, eight-year-old Aneesha Ali, was staying at her grandmother's house at the time of the incident.

"When my daughter came home and saw it, all she could do was cry. Everything is gone now," Ms Nisha said sadly.

The family is staying with neighbours as they contemplate their future.

Police and NFA are carrying out investigations to ascertain the cause of the fire.


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