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Man Grieves Over Mum Burned To Death By Fire

A 62-year-old woman died when fire gutted two houses at Namara in Labasa. Family and friends are still trying to come to terms with the death of Sant Kumari. Son Jagit
05 Oct 2015 12:48
Man Grieves Over Mum Burned To Death By Fire
Crowd look on as fire engulf the two houses. Insert: Husband of deceased Niren Prasad. Photo: Peni Drauna

A 62-year-old woman died when fire gutted two houses at Namara in Labasa.

Family and friends are still trying to come to terms with the death of Sant Kumari. Son Jagit Narayan was shaking his head in disbelief that his mother was dead.

“I still cannot believe my mother is dead,” Mr Narayan cried.

“I was lying in the living room and I notice smoke coming from the visitor’s room but when I opened the room it was already on fire.”

He said he ran to the another room carried his baby and called his wife (Moreen Narayan) and mother to come out of the house.

“We all came out and I called my father (Niren Prasad) who was at the neighbour’s house asking for help,” Narayan said.

“But my mother ran back inside the house, I don’t know what she went for but I quickly took my child and wife to the neighbour’s house.

“When I came back my house was surrounded by people. I thought my mother was among the crowd.”

He said later he noticed she was missing. That was when he knew that his mother did not come out of the house.

He said everything happened so fast that the next house owned by Purnam Singh was also razed to the ground.

Mr Singh and his family were not at home when the fire engulfed the house.

He was shocked and could not talk when he came back to see his house burning.

National Fire Authority chief executivce officer John O’ Connor said at the scene his team received the call and responded immediately.

“When my firefighters arrived the house was up in flames but his team tried their best to contain the fire from spreading,” Mr O’Connor said.

He said low water pressure and wind direction prevented them from stopping the fire spread to the next house.

“Our trucks only carry certain capacity of water and the wind is very strong and the dry spell is the major contributing factor.”

He once again reiterated that people should stop burning rubbish near their homes. They should also check electrical appliances that they were switched off, he said.

So far this year, 65 houses had burned compared to 95 last year, Police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri said.

“Police are waiting on the report from NFA as investigations continue,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

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