Police advice to people

POLICE have warned members of the public to take extra caution in ensuring that cooking appliances are turned or switched off to prevent fire.

These follows two separate cases of property fire in the North, which is suspected to have been caused by unattended electrical cooking appliance.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said a teacher’s quarters which was occupied by a 32-year-old and his family was razed around 2am on Tuesday in Bua.

She said the incident happened at Vuya District School in Nabouwalu.

She said the teacher was woken up by his wife when she noticed flames coming from their kitchen.

“The man’s wife sustained burns and is admitted at the Nabouwalu Hospital after the couple were trying to evacuate their four children,” Ms Naisoro said.

She said investigations were continuing into the matter.

In a separate incident, quick action by neighbours helped save the home of a 44-year-old mechanic at Rara Housing, Lajonia in Labasa.

Ms Naisoro confirmed the incident occurred at 8pm on Tuesday.

“The victim’s family were returning from visiting a relative at the Labasa Hospital and were visiting their neighbour’s home when they were alerted that their kitchen was on fire.

“Quick action by neighbours managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the house.

“Investigations are continuing to ascertain the cause of fire.”