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‘My Children Are Safe’

A 49-year-old cane farmer expressed relief that his children were safe after a fire destroyed all their belongings. “They are all I have left now,” he said. Rakesh Chand Verma’s
29 May 2015 10:07
‘My Children Are Safe’
Rakesh Chand Verma’s house after it was destroyed in a fire in Nukuloa, Ba. Photo: Vinal Nand

A 49-year-old cane farmer expressed relief that his children were safe after a fire destroyed all their belongings.

“They are all I have left now,” he said.

Rakesh Chand Verma’s house and garage were destroyed in a fire on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in Nukuloa, Ba.

The four-bedroom house built out of concrete, wood and tin was completely destroyed along with a Toyota Corolla sedan.

“Nothing is left, not even a piece of clothing could be saved all we can do is clean up the remains.

“I am just grateful that my children were not in the house when this incident took place.

His two children were with relatives next door when they suddenly saw smoke and flames coming from the house.

Reshma Devi who saw her father’s house burn that night, tried to save their belongings but the flames were too much for her.

“We called the fire authority, they came in around 8pm but they did not have much water supply so they could not save anything.

A neighbour, Rajesh Chand Barma, suffered slight burns after trying to drive away the vehicles parked near the home.

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