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$40,000 damage

Timoci Vula
Monday, January 21, 2013

HAVING taken six years to rebuild its factory after a fire in 2004, Pacific Green had to relive that nightmare following a fire that completely destroyed its factory on Saturday night.

And police have estimated the cost of damage at $40,000.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that an electrical fault was believed to have started the fire that completely destroyed the factory furnishing room.

She said initial reports had determined that a 30-year old polisher was inside the factory spraying the furniture in the furnishing room when the fire broke out.

"…The floodlight bulb allegedly blew and fell on the floor, which caused an explosion with the chemicals lanner and thinner," Ms Naisoro said.

She said the employee managed to escape with no injuries. She said investigations were continuing.

Pacific Green is known for its specialty in palm wood furniture and has its factory at Malaqereqere in Sigatoka. Meanwhile, in a separate fire incident also reported on Saturday was a corrugated iron and timber house consisting of one bedroom and sitting room, also completely destroyed.

Ms Naisoro said the incident occurred at 9pm in Navuso Village.

She said the house was vacant at the time and the cause of fire was yet to be established.

"The cost of damage is estimated to be $13,710. Investigations continue," she added.