THE National Fire Authority is pleading with public to take ownership of fire prevention in the wake of the tragic death of an infant in a Kinoya fire yesterday.
"Unfortunately we had a death in the fire yesterday — we were told that an 18-month-old baby boy passed away as a result of the fire," Mr O' Connor said.
"We are currently conducting investigations with police to determine the cause of the fire and determine where the boy was inside the house.
"It's quite a sad day for the families and also for the firefighters who responded — they were quite affected by the infant's death.
Mr O' Connor said the NFA received a call on the fire at 2.35 yesterday afternoon and were on the scene two minutes later but could not save the concrete three-bedroom house.
"Our team responded and by the time they arrived the flames had started bursting out of the house and they got into action and were able to put out the fire but unfortunately they were unable to save the child."
He added the number of fires for this year stood at 30 compared with 25 for the same period last year.
"This was quite a sad event for the family and the firefighters and we would not want this to happen to any other families.
"So we need the support of the community — we all need to take fire safety seriously.
"We all need to change our attitudes in order to ensure the safety of our lives and of our property."
Police Spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said they would continue investigations with the NFA today.