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Arson cause of shop fire

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE National Fire Authority (NFA) has revealed that the fire which destroyed the New World supermarket in Nakasi late last year may have been the result of arson.

This was confirmed by the NFA's chief executive officer John O'Connor yesterday.

Mr O'Connor said investigations carried out by the NFA team led them to believe that the incident may have been a case of arson.

"We have submitted our report to police for further investigations.

"Based on the facts and the sequence of events, we suspect the fire could be a case of arson," he said.

Although nothing is confirmed at this moment, police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri told this newspaper yesterday that a station officer at Nakasi was handling the case.

As well as the cause of the fire, The Fiji Times looked into the number of workers who were displaced as a result.

New World's chief commercial officer Govind Yajurvedi confirmed that not one of the workers from that particular supermarket lost their job.

"We have redeployed everyone into our other stores throughout the Suva area.

"We have six stores throughout the Suva area," Mr Yajurvedi said.