THE destruction of two homes by fire has renewed calls by the National Fire Authority for people to take fire safety seriously.
No one was in the two homes at Aralevu in Nawaicoba, Nadi, when the fire started in one of them about 3pm on Wednesday.
Zainal Imtiaz Ali, whose family owned the two houses, said he was informed by a neighbour about the incident.
Mr Ali said a four-bedroom flat and an adjacent two-bedroom flat were destroyed in the fire.
He was not in a position to ascertain the loss, saying everything was destroyed.
"The four-bedroom flat was rented out while our cane farm labourer was occupying the other flat," he said.
"I was away at work and my family had gone to Nadi Town for shopping when the fire started. The tenants and the labourer were also out.
"From what I know, the fire started from the two-bedroom flat and the flames also engulfed the adjacent four-bedroom flat," said Mr Ali.
The NFA received the fire report at 3:18pm and when firefighters arrived at the scene at 3:34pm, they found the two houses engulfed in flames.
"Firefighters used water from their fire trucks with the use of the fire hydrant in the area and were able to extinguish the fire and also stopped it from spreading to other houses which were situated within the same compound," an NFA statement said.
"Two fire trucks from the Nadi and Lautoka fire stations were engaged to put out this fire and stopped it from spreading to other houses."
NFA CEO John O'Connor urged members of the community to take fire safety seriously. "We must all take fire safety seriously since it is one of the most dangerous disasters. Fire safety is everybody's responsibility," he said.
Mr O'Connor urged people to be more vigilant, regularly check their homes and get rid of all things that can start unplanned fires in homes.