Update: 6:28PM THE Tuatua Gayatri Sita Ram Mandir in Labasa was razed by fire this afternoon, the National Fire Authority has confirmed.
Authority chief executive officer John OConnor confirmed that they received a call at 1.18pm.
"When the officers arrived, the temple was already on fire. They managed to control the fire from spreading. Investigation into the matter still continues," he said.
Mandir president Din Dayal said he was at his home, a few kilometres from the temple, when he was told of the fire.
"A man who walked past the temple came to inform me at home. When we came to the site, there was nothing we could do as the fire had engulfed the building," he said.
"Right now, we cant ascertain the cost of damage. The members will have to sit and discuss this evening on what we will do for our house of worship."