THE National Fire Authority has issued yet another reminder of the need for people to heed their advice on fire safety.
In a statement, the NFA said on Wednesday it received a fire emergency call at 1.48pm that a property was on fire at Six Miles in Tacirua. A team responded to the call but upon arrival at 1.59pm, the fire crew saw the house fully engulfed with flames.
The fire destroyed the vacant corrugated iron and timber structured one-bedroom house.
The statement said investigations were continuing to determine the cause of fire, but preliminary investigations revealed the fire could have been started as a result of the kerosene stove explosion.
NFA CEO John O'Connor said the incident was an unfortunate one that could have been avoided.
"Home fires continue to happen as a result of carelessness," he said.
Mr O'Connor urged members of the community to change their attitude towards fire safety and not assume that a fire would not happen to them.
"Homeowners must always ensure they put out all unattended fires before leaving their homes," he said.
"Homeowners must always stay in the kitchen while the food is being cooked and must always ensure they put out all cooking fires before leaving their homes."