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Family Of Nine Escape Blaze

A family of nine were counting their lucky stars after escaping a fire in the building they were living in early yesterday morning. The fire happened around 2am along the
30 Jan 2016 10:06
Family Of Nine Escape Blaze
Raojhibhai Patel Fire

A family of nine were counting their lucky stars after escaping a fire in the building they were living in early yesterday morning.

The fire happened around 2am along the Raojibhai Patel Street in Suva.

Suresh Patel, who is also the owner of DN Patel and Company, said: “We were lucky to have escaped the fire and we thank the firefighters for doing a great job in putting it out and we are happy to be alive.

“The part of the building that caught fire had an old television and other appliances for fixing and we don’t really know how it caught fire,” he said.

They were asleep when the fire started but Mr Patel woke up when his wife told him she had heard noises and a loud bang from the first floor.

“At first she thought it was someone trying to break into the shop but when we got out of the room, the whole sitting room was engulfed with black smoke,” he said.

“We hurriedly call the Fire Authority and five of us managed to ascend down the building to the street.

“Four other family members were stuck on top and they had to go right to the back balcony because the smoke was really dark and had a strong smell.

“We have four shops rented under the same floor and two were engulfed in flames so we would like to inform the two business owners that it will be closed down until further notice,” he said.

Four fire trucks were there to put out the fire. National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O’Connor reminded members of the community on the importance of fire safety.

He said: “It is very important for members of the community to ensure they are mindful of fire safety at all times.”

He also encouraged business owners to ensure they check their property before closing their business for the day.

“A little spark can trigger a large fire and therefore it is very important for business owners to check their business and ensure that all fire ignition sources are put out properly, electrical equipment, etc, are switched off properly to avoid fires from happening.”

Mr O’Connor, who also attended the emergency call, commended the fire teams that responded to the early morning fire.

He also thanked the caller for the early call to NFA.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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