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Woman Laments Loss of Loved Ones

“I have lost everything.” Those were the only words Hans Wati could utter as she gestured her hands in despair. She was lamenting that she had just been made a
17 Oct 2015 09:32
Woman Laments Loss of Loved Ones
A grieving wife, mother and grandmother Hans Wati (right), with daughter Jotishma Neelam yesterday. Photo: Shahani Mala

“I have lost everything.”

Those were the only words Hans Wati could utter as she gestured her hands in despair.

She was lamenting that she had just been made a widow by a fire that killed her husband, Jai Narayan, 55, daughter Uleshni Irene Lata, 28, and granddaughter Prishika Devi, 10, at Navosai, Nasinu, between Suva and Nausori. Recently-wed  couple, Faria Ali and Imran Ali also died in the fire.

Mrs Wati and another daughter, Jotishma Neelam, 19, escaped. She was unhurt but Jotishma suffered injuries to her hands.

Jotishma said “This is a horrible day for us. Everything happened so suddenly. We did not know what to do.”

“I was sleeping with my mother in the room,” she said.

“When the fire started, we managed to escape, but my father and niece were trapped and could not make it.”

She stopped speaking and started crying with her mother.

Neighbour Qalo Mocelolo, a 22-year-old Fiji National University student, said: “We were watching a movie and we could smell gasolene so we thought it’s the car so we went to check and but it’s not the car. So we came back inside.

“As soon as we came inside we heard the ladies on the other side screaming and all of a sudden we saw flames and other neighbours came running out.

“Three ladies ran out, but the granddaughter was still inside with the grandfather.

“No one was there for them to help so we were shouting for people to help them and someone from the neighbourhood called National Fire Authority and the Police.

“We were really terrified because they were running outside and screaming.

“We saw them burning and we screamed to them to roll on the ground.”

Ms Mocelolo said this was the most terrifying incident to have happened in their neighbourhood.

“I was calling out to people to help us move the car in front of the burning house. Lucky the car did not blow up. If it did, the whole of our house would have burned down too.”

She claimed there was a dispute in the family before the fire started.

shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 

 




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