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Alarm over structural fires

Mere Naleba
Thursday, June 19, 2014

THERE have been 54 structural fires recorded for the first six months of this year and the number is equivalent to that of the same period last year.

National Fire Authority CEO John O'Connor said most structural fires happened at night, in the early hours of the morning and when the houses were empty.

"We are urging members of the community to always do a quick check on their property before they go to sleep and before leaving their homes," Mr O'Connor said.

He said conducting random checks to ensure that all flammable items were kept in a safe place and other sources of starting a fire were kept at a safer place was the best way of preventing a fire from starting.

He said a team conducting investigations into the fire that completely destroyed the four lean-to flats on Monday at the Muslim League settlement in Samabula was still carrying out investigations to determine the cause of fire or where it originated from.

Mr O'Connor said the team at the scene managed to save two nearby houses although they faced difficulties in trying to contain the fire.

"We had to use a few trucks to boost the pressure in order to put out the fire, because one of the main challenges was the location of the house.

"Because the houses were close to each other, it was hard for my team but we managed to contain and stop the fire from destroying two nearby houses."








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