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Fire leaves family homeless

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A FIRE which ravaged a number of homes yesterday morning left five families in a tragic state in Madhavan Rd, Caubati.

With nothing more than charcoal wooden frames and bits of corrugated iron left behind, the future of these families remains gloomy after losing everything in the fire.

NFA is still trying to ascertain a cause.

"Firefighters fought hard to control the fire and prevent it from spreading to a nearby wooden structure building at Lot 3 Madhavan Road but were unsuccessful," an NFA statement last night detailed.

"The fire spread and destroyed the nearby wooden structure house."

The NFA received the morning call about 3.48am and its Valelevu team responded to the call immediately, arriving at the scene at around 3.52am.

"When the team arrived, one of the small lean-to houses located at the rear end of the property was fully engulfed with flames and fire had spread to the attached buildings.

"Firefighters fought hard to contain the fire but due to the magnitude of the fire and the fire load, the fire spread to other attached lean-to properties."

Firefighters battled the flames for well over two hours, finally putting the fire out at around 6.54am.

A police report issued yesterday morning noted that the total cost of the damage incurred was yet to be determined and that investigations would continue.

"In case of a fire, the best prevention is to ensure that a fire never starts in our homes or properties," warned NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor.

"Once a fire starts, it is impossible to control the outcome."


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