Value City loses an estimated $600k in Suva fire

Flames engulf the Value City shop at Rodwell Rd in downtown Suva. Picture: ABISHEK CHAND

VALUE City lost a substantial amount in stocks, shop fittings, fixtures, hangers and appliances during the fire disaster at its outlet on Rodwell Road in Suva yesterday.

Company managing director, Vera Chute said the business suffered an estimated loss of $600,000.

“At around 5pm this (yesterday) afternoon, we were informed that the Suva Flea Market and Value City were on fire,” Ms Chute said in a statement.

“The fire had apparently started from a food kiosk which spread quickly due to an explosion,” she claimed.

Ms Chute said they were thankful that the 12 staff at that branch and the Flea Market vendors were safe and unhurt from the fire disaster.

“We will relocate these staff members to other Value City branches.

“Management will be in discussion in the coming weeks, with a hope of opening another branch in the city.

“Meantime, the nearest Value City stores located in Lami, Nabua and Vivrass are able to cater for our shoppers needs.

“We thank the National Fire Authority, firefighters and police for doing such a commendable job this (yesterday) afternoon.”

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