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Fire destroys shops

Jone Kalouniviti
Friday, February 14, 2014

A MAJOR fire on the main street of Rakiraki's Vaileka Town destroyed the Vinod Patel Hardware outlet and Meenoos Clothing in the early hours yesterday.

The National Fire Authority said yesterday it did not receive a call but responded when an explosion was heard around 1.45am.

NFA media liaison officer Ritesh Kumar said when the crew arrived they saw the Vinod Patel Hardware and Meenos outlet engulfed in flames.

"Our priority at that point was to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings," Mr Kumar said.

Businesses that were saved included the Vaileka bakery, a clothing shop and other retail outlets.

Mr Kumar said teams from Rakiraki, Lautoka, Ba and Tavua were deployed to the scene and assisted by fire teams from Bhimas Industries and FSC.

NFA chief executive John O'Connor said members of the community and business owners must change their attitude towards fire safety.

He said they must take necessary action to eliminate potential ignition sources at home, and likewise in their business.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire.

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