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Man in custody

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

POLICE are holding an arson suspect in custody for allegedly setting fire to a four-bedroom house on Saturday morning in Lami Village.

The man, according to a police report released yesterday, is alleged to have had an argument with his 34-year-old de facto wife before setting the corrugated iron and timber house alight.

"Cost of damage is yet to be ascertained as investigations continue," confirmed Fiji Police Force spokesperson Ana Naisoro.

NFA CEO John O'Connor said the authority's investigations so far had led them to believe that arson was a possible explanation.

"After our investigation team examined the site and so forth, they've confirmed that a possible cause of the fire could be that it was intentionally lit," Mr O'Connor said yesterday.

"Usually in such cases, a finding like this is handed over to the police department and they complete the investigations."

Fortunately, nobody was in the house when the incident occurred.

"It was just as well the house was vacant when it caught fire, so no one was hurt in the fire.

"At the moment, I'm waiting for the final report to be completed, hopefully by tomorrow (today) some time, and then we'll have a clearer idea of what happened."

Mr O'Connor warned members of the public against committing such acts.