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Fire leaves 8 homeless

Shayal Devi
Sunday, December 15, 2013

THE cry of a hungry six-month-old baby saved the lives of eight people living in a home engulfed by fire on early Friday morning.

The fire at Saru, Lautoka, started around 2am and a resident at the 10-bedroom house, Vislesh Anand, said they awoke because his daughter started to cry.

"We got up thinking she might be hungry and that is when my wife saw the flames from the kitchen at the back of the house," he said.

"My wife and I woke everyone up and we got out before the smoke filled the house. We were unable to save anything as we rushed out of the house."

The house is owned by Mr Anand's father who is away in New Zealand.

"We are unable to determine the total cost of damage because it is my father who looks after the house," he said.

West police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said fire officers were investigating the incident.

National Fire Authority spokesman Ritesh Kumar said two fire trucks were engaged to extinguish the fire.

"Our preliminary investigation revealed that the fire could have been caused from a kerosene stove that was not put out properly after cooking," he said.

NFA CEO John O'Connor said it was very important for homeowners and business owners to ensure that they are mindful of fire safety during cooking.

Meanwhile, police and NFA officers have determined that the fire at Reddy Dimond Building in Lautoka last week was caused by a lightning strike.