A FARMER of Namau, Tailevu, and his wife were left with only the clothes on their backs after their two-bedroom corrugated iron home was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday afternoon.
Maciu Rabicilada, who had gone to attend a funeral during the time of the fire, said he could not believe his house was destroyed in the blaze, particularly when no one was home.
Mr Rabicilada's daughter-in-law Mere Tivika said the fire destroyed everything leaving her father-in-law with nothing.
Mrs Tivika said they did not know how the fire started because they had all gone to the funeral.
"My father-in-law and his wife had left early around 11am and I had gone home around 12 noon to drop our groceries before going to the funeral. But I did not smell anything burning at the time.
"There wasn't even any sign of smoke coming from the kitchen so I left after dropping the groceries."
She said Mr Rabicilada's grandson noticed smoke coming out of the house and ran to the funeral venue to inform them.
"By the time we arrived, the fire had destroyed the house.
"They had lost a lot in the fire but we are grateful that no one lost their life."
National Fire Authority CEO John O'Connor said an NFA team was sent to Namau to investigate the cause of the fire.
Mr O'Connor said they would finalise the report on the cause of the fire today.