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Home up in flames

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A FAMILY of four is without a home after an early morning fire razed their three-bedroom house at Savanawai in Votualevu, Nadi, yesterday.

West police media liaison officer Naina Ragigia said the fire broke out at around 7.45am.

"The three-bedroom concrete house was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived at the scene," she said.

"The house was owned by an engineer who works at Fiji Airways and was rented by a businessman and his family.

"In the morning, the 30-year-old businessman left for work while the other three members of his family slept."

According to Mrs Ragigia, the businessman's wife noticed smoke in the living room when she woke up.

"She and her children were able to escape unharmed and informed the National Fire Authority. The family vehicle was also damaged in the fire."

Authority CEO John O'Connor said a call was received at 8am and officers responded as quickly as possible.

"We fought the blaze using two fire trucks," he said.

Mr O'Connor reiterated that people must take safety procedures seriously.

Meanwhile, Mrs Ragigia said investigations into the cause of the fire that destroyed the Courts Fiji warehouse in Lautoka would be completed soon.

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