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Counting Their Lucky Stars

Twenty-four residents of Jittu Estate in Raiwasa are counting their lucky stars after escaping a fire early yesterday morning. Luisa Soqo, 44, and Tracey Vulimaihawaii, 13, and their families were
23 May 2015 10:48
Counting Their Lucky Stars
Police constable Pauliasi Tabualevu looking through the remains of the burned house at Jittu Estate in Raiwasa yesterday morning. Photo: Jona Konataci

Twenty-four residents of Jittu Estate in Raiwasa are counting their lucky stars after escaping a fire early yesterday morning.

Luisa Soqo, 44, and Tracey Vulimaihawaii, 13, and their families were lucky to be alive after their barracks got burned down.

Ms Soqo said they were awoken by the heat beneath the house and the continuous noise from their neighbours.

“We were all asleep; I woke up to the sound of shouting for us to wake up then I realised that our house was on fire; we could not save anything except for the clothes we had on,” she said.

Ms Soqo said the house was a four-flat barrack with four different families living in their own units.

The four families claim that the cost of their belongings lost in the fire was more than $18,000.

Meanwhile, Tracey said: “I could feel the heat from beneath the floor and then I woke up and realised there was black smoke so I pushed through to the other room where my sister-in-law sleeps with her two children and then we all ran outside.”

Osea Naisau, a neighbour who witnessed the fire, said: “It was after 5o’clock in the morning and I saw one end of the flat covered in  flames; the family members were all outside, too shocked to even do anything.”

Mr Naisau said other neighbours also came out and helped put the fire out before the National Fire Authority arrived at the scene.

The NFA is conducting investigation.

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