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5 Fire Trucks Used To Extinguish Navua Blaze

5 Fire Trucks Used To Extinguish Navua Blaze
People help fire fighters put out the fire at the Courts building in Navua yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
April 17
11:50 2016

It took five fire trucks to put out a fire in Navua Town last night.

This is after the Courts Navua branch building caught fire, which saw three fire trucks from Suva, one from Navua and another from Pacific Habour attend to the fire.

It is believed the fire started around 5.30pm from the Courts bulk store. The first fire team arrived at the scene at around 6pm after the fire alarm was raised.

When they reached the scene the building was already in flames but they managed to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings.

Courts was closed around 2pm and no one was believed to be in the building when the fire.

Police in Navua did their best trying to stop people from going near the burning building. Both ends of the road leading to the building were blocked off by the Police.

There was also tension with other neighbouring shop owners as they were worried about their shops catching fire as well.

Despite the heavy rain, it took the firefighters at least two hours to put the fire out.

Billimoria Video Library shop owner Salesh Billimoria was in fear of his shop catching fire.

His wife Kashmira Billimoria said: “We are lucky to escape the fire. MH staff and other people came running outside when the fire started,” she said.

Meanwhile, Courts Navua branch retail manager Ashwin Chand said:

“We are stilling trying to determine how the fire started.

“We closed our shop around 3pm and no one was in the shop at the time of incident.”

Courts director of marketing Anil Senewiratne, who was at the scene, said they would release a statement once they get the full report of the incident.

Meanwhile, the NFA will start their investigations today.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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