NFA investigates house fire incident in Navua

The charred remains of the five-bedroom house that was destroyed in a fire in Navua. Picture; ROHIT DEO.

The National Fire Authority is investigating into a fire incident that occurred at Vuninokonoko, in Navua yesterday.

According to the National Fire Authority (NFA), they were alerted of the house fire at 12.37 am and the fire team from the Navua Fire Station responded immediately. Upon arrival at the scene, the fire team found a five-bedroom house fully engulfed in flames.

“The team quickly used one delivery of water from the fire truck to extinguish the fire with the support from Pacific Harbour and Suva Fire Stations. The firefighters fought fiercely and were able to control the spread of the fire to the home owner’s warehouse and factory that were just meters away,” NFA stated.

NFA added that it is understood the fire had started from the sitting room of the five-bedroom house while three family members were at home.

According to NFA statistics, since January this year to date, a span of over 11 months and 2 days, a total of 115 structural fire incidents were recorded, of which 41 occurred in the Central/Eastern Division, 52 in the Western Division and 17 in the Northern Division.

NFA chief executive officer Puamau Sowane continues to remind the members of the public to take responsibility of fire safety in and around their homes.

“We identify that most of the fire incidents occur when the homes are vacant. We remind the home owners to check for all fire safety precautions before they leave home. Always alert your neighbors that you will be away and in case of any fire emergency to call the authority and inform them,” he said.

“It is so sad to see that number of structural fire incidents continue to escalate as we are nearing Christmas time. It will be a very dull Christmas for these fire victims and we grief with them,” he added.

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