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Four Families Escape Nasese Police Barracks Blaze

Quick action by firefighters helped save some of their belongings and stopped the fire from spreading to other units.
16 Nov 2019 11:42
Four Families Escape Nasese Police Barracks Blaze
Part of the Fiji Police Force barrack that caught fire on November 15, 2019, at Nasese, Suva. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Four families at the Police Barracks in Nasese were displaced last night following a fire yesterday afternoon.

Quick action by firefighters helped save some of their belongings and stopped the fire from spreading to other units.

“The people occupying the barracks managed to evacuate to safety and no injuries were reported.  A total of four families have been displaced as a result of this fire,” said a statement from the National Fire Authority.

According to the authority, the Suva Fire Station received a call around 2.33 pm and the fire crew immediately responded.

Upon arrival at the scene, the fire team saw the top floor of the second unit in the barrack that was closest to the main road, engulfed in flames.

“The fire team quickly used two deliveries of water from the fire appliances to extinguish the fire which had started to spread through the ceiling and partly damaging the top floor of the adjacent two units,” the authority statement revealed.

The authority said its team quickly put out the fire and stopped it from spreading to the fourth unit and the lower levels of all the units.

Three fire trucks and 20 firefighters from the Suva and Valelevu Fire Stations had responded to the incident.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, also confirmed that the top flat of one barrack was completely destroyed while the next barrack, had only the roof partly burnt.

An eyewitness, Jone Ravili, 24, said the fire appeared to have started from the middle flat.

“When I came out, I saw people running out of the flats. When the fire started from the top, people who were at the bottom started to rush out and take their luggage out,” Mr Ravili said.

“But it was too late, the fire had already spread.”

The cost of loss in the fire has not been revealed as the authority is still conducting its investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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