FOUR families were left homeless after a four-flat property was destroyed in a fire in Caubati yesterday.
Families living in the wooden and corrugated iron building could not salvage any of their belongings as the fire quickly spread through their homes leaving them with only the clothes on their backs.
The double storey house had a flat on the top which belonged to the owners of the house and three bottom flats which were rented out.
When the National Fire Authority team arrived at the site, the nine bedroom house was engulfed in flames.
Rhodah Raju said she and her parents could not save anything because the fire had quickly spread through the building.
She said she could only bring her parents, children and sister out before the fire engulfed the whole house.
"The fire seemed to have started from the bottom flat and we thought it was a small fire until we noticed the flames spreading in the other flats," Ms Raju said.
NFA is pleading with members of the community to take fire safety seriously and not to assume that a fire will not happen.
"NFA continues to urge and plead with the members of the community to change their attitude and acknowledge that a fire can occur to anyone," CEO John O'Connor said.
"Members of the community are advised to exercise extra care within their homes to avoid fires."
Mr O'Connor said investigations were being carried out to determine the cause of the incident.
The number of structural fire stands at 74 compared to 71 for the same period last year.