Almost half of the number of structural fires recorded this year occurred in the Western Division. NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor said 33 structural fires were recorded in the West compared to 30 for the same period last year. He said 68 fires occurred nationwide. "The major causes of fire include electrical related problems, unattended cooking, mosquito coils, candles and intentionally lit fire. Our advice to members of the community is to take heed of our fire safety message seriously and conduct daily inspection of their homes so that they can get rid of all those things that can cause a fire in their home.".
ANOTHER round of the district council meetings started in Ra this week. Organised by the iTaukei Affairs Board through the Ra Provincial Council, the meeting was to update council members on the progress of developments in various villages. Ra youth representative Tevita Nakaba said the provincial office had changed the format of the meeting as a cost cutting exercise. "We normally have 22 meetings for each tikina in Ra but the new format is to have only four meeting venues," he said. The new tikina council meeting started at Nakorotubu followed by Nalawa, Saivou and Rakiraki.
FIRE continues to haunt families and individuals as another family was left homeless on Monday night. Family members of the headteacher of Nalaba District School in Ra were away in Suva when the incident happened. Nalaba district representative Tevita Nakaba said no one was at home when the incident happened. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said an investigation into the matter had started.