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Two Fires In A Day

Two fires were recorded yesterday in the Central Division. National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O’Connor said their team was still trying to put a fire out at Raiwaqa
18 Oct 2014 08:28
Two Fires In A Day
Firefighters trying to contain the fire that destroyed three housing flats in Raiwaqa yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Two fires were recorded yesterday in the Central Division.

National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O’Connor said their team was still trying to put a fire out at Raiwaqa Housing when they received another fire emergency call from Wailoku.

Fane Kadakada, owner of the Raiwaqa flat where the fire started said she was with her grandchildren and another lady when the fire started.

“My granddaughter Sainiana Vatanitawake ran to me and said that a pillow had caught fire in the bedroom and when we ran up the whole room was engulfed in flames.

“I tried to put the fire out with a bucket of water but it was spreading too fast.  The other woman who was with us ran out with my two  younger grandchildren and I came out with my granddaughter and we could not save anything. It was too late. Meanwhile, the second fire at Biwali, Wailoku, destroyed a whole family shed. Shed owner Sebastian Raihman said the family’s building materials were kept in it.

“This is a big loss,” Mr Raihman said.

Mr O’Connor is pleading with the public, especially parents, to be more cautious during this festive Diwali season.

“I would like to advise parents to look out for their children because a number of fires recorded have been due to lack of supervision.

“Let us be more careful and enjoy this season in a safer way,” Mr O’Connor said.

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