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Survivor Recalls Horror

My family was so lucky to escape the fire: Tuate Tuvuni A family will have start from scratch after they lost everything in a horror fire which claimed the lives
18 Oct 2015 09:38
Survivor Recalls Horror
The survivors of the fire,Alisi Dicea (left) and husband Tuate Tuvuni (middle) with their niece,namesake Alisi Dicea (2nd from left),Arisi Tabuasei and Jovesa Turagakula in front of the flat which destroyed all his belongings in fire at Navosai,Narere. pic.....RAMA

My family was so lucky to escape the fire: Tuate Tuvuni

A family will have start from scratch after they lost everything in a horror fire which claimed the lives of four people last Friday morning at Navosai in Nasinu.

“It’s like a newly-wedded couple having to start their new life together.”

Those were the words of Tuate Tuvuni, 55, a tenant whose family had rented one of the flats owned by late Jai Narayan who died in the fire.

“My family was so lucky to escape the fire,” he said.

Recalling that horror night, Mr Tuvuni said: “Late on Thursday night, I was watching a movie and suddenly, I could smell benzene so I became suspicious.

“I then went back to wake my family members up.”

Mr Tuvuni said as he and his family members came out the fire had already started and was well developed.

“It was quick and horrifying looking at the raging flames.

He said Mr Narayan’s wife (Hans Wati), daughter (Jotishma Neelam) and another daughter (Uleshni Irene Lata) had luckily managed to escape.

He said after helping his family members to safety he ran back to try and help the other couple, Faria Ali and Imran Ali. He was calling the couple but there was no response.

“I then tried to save Mr Narayan and was calling out to him but I couldn’t and I am feeling really sad about it.”

He was saddened that the fire had claimed the life of his landlord, his granddaughter (Prishika Devi, 10) and the two other tenants (Faria Ali and Imran Ali).

“My landlord is very good and he was very close to my family.”

The 55-year-old security officer at Ministry of Defence has been renting at Mr Narayan’s flat since 2013.

Meanwhile, Police have confirmed with all media outlets that victim Uleshni Irene Lata, who had been reported dead in the fire, is alive and remains admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in a critical condition.

“Miscommunication between hospital officials and investigators confirming the woman’s death is what led to the regrettable error,” Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said.

“The Fiji Police Force wishes to extend its deepest and sincerest apologies to the victim’s family and would like to assure them that all possible actions are being taken to look in to the matter, as well as bringing justice to the family in terms of the investigations.”

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