SUNCITY

60 Called In To Battle Vatuwaqa Blaze

At least 60 firefighters from the Suva and Valelevu fire stations battled the fire at Atlas Trading Warehouse at Auckland Street, Viria East, in Vatuwaqa, Suva. The fire, which started
27 Aug 2015 10:52
60 Called In To Battle Vatuwaqa Blaze
At least 60 firefighters were called in to help yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

At least 60 firefighters from the Suva and Valelevu fire stations battled the fire at Atlas Trading Warehouse at Auckland Street, Viria East, in Vatuwaqa, Suva.

The fire, which started at around 7.40am yesterday, destroyed the entire warehouse. Six fire trucks from the two fire stations were at the scene to fight the blaze.

The National Fire Authority chief executive officer, John O’ Connor, confirmed 40 firefighters attended to the fire. But an additional 20 were called in after they had problems controlling it.

Mr O’ Connor also clarified that there were no water problems faced by the firefighters as claimed by some people.

“When we came the building was still closed, this was a challenge for us to because when we arrived we had to cut through the roller doors of the building only to find it already engulfed with smoke although the call we received said it was just a rubbish fire,” Mr O’ Connor said.

“When my officers arrived they couldn’t see any rubbish fire but it was the warehouse, we then called for support from other firefighters as the fire was really big.

“The fire had spread quickly in the warehouse because of the heavy fire load such as clothes and other combustibles that were inside the warehouse. We did our best, we tried to contain the fire and prevented it from spreading to the neighbouring buildings and we did.”

He said no one was injured.

A receptionist at Kris Signs, Chelly Mario, said she was outside her office at around 7.35am yesterday when a woman came past and informed her of a small smoke emission coming from behind the warehouse.

“As soon as she told us we ran right to the back to check and we could also see only some small smoke coming out from the back of the Atlas warehouse so we called the fire department,” Ms Mario said.

The Atlas Trading Company Limited managing director Navin Chandra was at the fire scene but refused to comment on the incident.

It is understood that the warehouse was packed with clothes and other materials.

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