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Wedding plans up in flames

Mere Naleba
Monday, February 10, 2014

INVESTIGATIONS into a fire that destroyed all hopes of getting married for a former Fiji-born couple in Auckland last Friday are continuing.

Auckland-based fire investigator Matt Evans yesterday confirmed to this newspaper that a three-day wedding was in progress at a residential property at Weldan St in Papatoetoe, Auckland where a fire destroyed a house and partially damaged the neighbouring house.

Mr Evans said interviewing of those present at the wedding ceremony was also continuing.

"At this stage the cause of fire is undetermined," Mr Evans said.

Auckland Police Shift Manager Commander Gerard Philips said fire-fighters responded to a 111 call and upon reaching the double-storey house found the place to be engulfed in flames.

"There was a wedding taking place there, and there was a very large tent that was also involved in fire, there was also a boat that was also involved in fire, but everyone got out safely," Cdr Philips said.

"After the fire was brought under control, a family member did collapse at the scene, she was treated by the firefighters and paramedics."

Reports on New Zealand Herald stated that the groom Ashnil Nandan "was still covered in yellow turmeric from the Hindu wedding ceremony during the fire".

The report further stated that 100 guests were expected to attend the wedding, with some flying to Auckland from Fiji.