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Fire destroys hall

Shayal Devi
Monday, December 30, 2013

AN early morning blaze destroyed a wooden building known as the Parish Hall at Mount St Mary's Primary School in Nadi yesterday.

Two teams of firefighters from the Nadi and Lautoka fire stations managed to contain the fire and prevented it from spreading to the main school building.

NFA CEO John O'Connor said the fire started about 11am and spread quickly because the structure was wooden.

He said the building was most probably used as a hall or a kindergarten.

"When firefighters arrived at the scene, the building was already engulfed in flames," he said.

"The building is completely destroyed but we managed to put out the fire."

Mr O'Connor said they had commenced investigations into the cause of the fire.

"At this stage, we cannot confirm what the cause of the fire was but we will be heading to the site as soon as it cools down."

"It was also a factor that the building is separate and stood alone that the school building and the church in the school grounds did not catch fire."

Mr O'Connor confirmed investigations would conclude by today and they were expected to ascertain the cost of damage.

"We are also urging members of the public to be vigilant during these times, especially during the festive season."

A total of 110 structural fires have been recorded this year compared with 95 fires for the same period last year.