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Fires raze FNU building, 6-bedroom home

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

THE National Fire Authority is investigating the cause of a fire on Saturday that destroyed part of the administration building at the Fiji National University's National Training and Productivity Centre in Lautoka.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after being alerted at 3.49pm.

"Our priority was to aggressively fight the fire and minimise the damage to the property," said NFA spokesman Ritesh Kumar.

"Even though we encountered low water pressure, we were able to extinguish the fire and minimise the damage to the administration office and part of a lecture room.

"The firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to other lecture rooms, computer labs including 18 computers and the canteen section of the campus."

Three fire trucks were deployed to the scene, including a team from Nadi. Investigations into the cause of the blaze are continuing.

Meanwhile, a six-bedroom concrete and corrugated iron house was destroyed in a fire in Lautoka on Sunday.

The police said in a press statement that the house belonged to a 67-year-old man of Lautoka's Saweni Beach Rd.

The police said the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

The cost of damage to the destroyed building has been estimated at $100,000.