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Family Of Six Lose Home In Early Morning Blaze

A Police report stated that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. Investigations continue.
10 Aug 2020 09:23
Family Of Six Lose Home In Early Morning Blaze
The Simpson family watch on as firefighters work to put out the flames at the family’s home in Tuvu, Lautoka after it was destroyed in a fire on August 9, 2020. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Two years of hard work to build their family home in Tuvu, Lautoka has gone to ruins for a family of six.

This was after their four-bedroom home was destroyed in a fire at around 7.30 am yesterday.

Homeowner, Jessica Simpson recalled what happened, while she was in her garden when the fire started.

“It happened about 7.30 or 7.45 this morning, my husband and I was outside watering the garden, the only people in the house were my four-year-old boy and my bedridden mother,” said Ms Simpson.

“Our garden is in the slope below when the fire started, we weren’t aware and then he went up to water the top garden and even then, he didn’t realise there was a fire. When he went inside the house, he saw our bed was in flames and that’s when he started screaming.

“We didn’t manage to save anything, only the clothes on our back.

“My only worry was to get my mum out, after that all we could do was to stand back and watch.”

Ms Simpson said the estimated cost of the damage would be around $400,000 to $500,000.

“Right now I can’t think, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know where to start, I’m blank,” she added.

A Police report stated that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. Investigations continue.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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