A NEW trend has emerged of fires occurring late at night and early in the morning.
The situation has prompted the National Fire Authority to reiterate the need for people to always check their houses thoroughly before retiring to bed.
Authority CEO John O'Connor said the country had already recorded four fires just 10 days into the new year.
"We have noted the cases of fire usually occur in the night or early in the morning," he said.
"The latest incident took place in Seaqaqa when a house that was home to 14 people was razed by fire on Wednesday morning.
"We have continuously issued advice to the public about fire safety and it's only proper for people to be pro-active for the purpose of saving their homes and properties.
"People should take fire safety tips seriously and ensure their homes are safe and fire-free."
Mr O'Connor said family members should make it their business to check their homes before going to sleep or leaving their homes.
"Ensure that all switches are turned off, gas cylinders are securely closed and other fire-ignition sources are safely kept.
"The onus is on us to prevent fires and if we really care for our properties, we will put such an attitude into practice."