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Worker in Hospital After Big Walu Bay Blaze

Worker in Hospital After Big Walu Bay Blaze
Thick black smoke billows from the fire at MH Warehouse and Carpenters Administration Building on Argo Street, Walu Bay in Suva on April 8, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar.
April 09
10:00 2018

A worker was admit­ted at the Colonial War Memorial Hos­pital in Suva after a fire de­stroyed the MH Warehouse and Carpenters Adminis­tration Building at Argo Street, Walu Bay, yesterday

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed Selepa Eseta was at the Intensive Care Unit.

Ms Eseta suffered burns, Ms Naisoro said.

Ms Naisoro said Ms Eseta was trapped inside with a few other staff who man­aged to get out of the build­ing.

Chief Fire Officer Qionilau Moceitai said firefighters rescued her from her office and rushed her to the hos­pital.


Firefighters averted a po­tential disaster by success­fully preventing the fire from spreading to nearby properties.

“Of great concern also was the adjacent Paradise Beverages factory, Flour Mills factory and the Mobil Fuel Depot opposite the MH Warehouse as the firefight­ers fought hard to confine the fire within the MH building and stop it from spreading to the neighbouring properties,” he said.

“A section of the roof of Paradise Beverages also sustained dam­age, but the fire was quickly contained in the area and stopped from damaging the property any further.” He said six fire trucks and more than 70 firefighters were engaged to put out this massive fire.

“While the Fiji team was fighting the MH fire anoth­er emergency call was re­ceived at 4.41pm of a house fire in Tacirua and a fire team from the scene was im­mediately deployed to the house fire site.”

He said the house was fully engulfed in flames.

In the Western Division at Matalevu Settlement in Tavua, the Tavua fire team also went to put put two house fires. No injuries were reported.

Police Chief Operations Of­ficer, Acting Assistant Com­missioner of Police (ACP) Maretino Qiolevu said in the Walu Bay fire, the traffic was redirected to Reservoir Road and Edinburgh Drive.

They had advised the mem­bers of the public that Police had sealed off both roads from Suva to Walu Bay and the lane from Lami into Walu Bay.

“Traffic will be redirected to Reservoir Road and Ed­inburgh Drive due to the fire at the Carpenters Ware­house,” Acting ACP Qiolevu said.

“This is being done for everyone’s safety and offic­ers have been posted at both ends and will restrict move­ment.

“Those wanting to go to the Narain Jetty (now Port Muaiwalu) are asked to wait till authorities declare the area to be safe,” Acting ACP Qiolevu said.

Kunaseelan Sabaratnam, the retail and marketing director of Carpenters Fiji Limited, said he was not ready yet to make any offi­cial comments.

Meanwhile, National Fire Authority teams have been engaged in rescue and evac­uation operations in the West and North.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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