THE life of a four-year-old girl was saved on Friday, after her father pushed past raging flames to rescue her.
Abdul Sahim, 26, risked his life to get his little angel Fatima Nisha to safety, losing all their belongings in a fire which burnt their double-storey house in Nausori.
"I was sleeping when the fire started, but as soon as I woke up, all I could think of was my daughter and where she was," Mr Sahim said.
"I was in my room and my daughter was in her room, we were both sleeping because it was quite late, about 11pm when it happened."
Mr Sahim, who shares custody of Nisha with his former wife, said all he saw were flames and smoke throughout the house when he awoke and was on his way to get his daughter when he came in direct contact with the flames, burning his back in the process.
"I stay in the upstairs apartment with my family — mother, father and siblings — and another family stays downstairs, and they had all run out of the house by the time I was searching for my daughter.
"My wife and I are separated, she stays in 10 Miles and I stay here. I picked my daughter up from her on Thursday and was supposed to return her on Sunday, but I had to return her early this morning (yesterday morning) because of the fire," the distraught father said.
The NFA CEO John O'Connor said the fire was attended by firefighters on Friday night and investigations had started.