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Woman in Custody After Allegedly Setting House Alight

A 34-year-old woman is in Police custody at the Lami Police Station after she allegedly set fire to a two-bedroom double-storey wooden house yesterday morning. The incident happened at about
18 Mar 2016 11:31
Woman in Custody After Allegedly Setting House Alight
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A 34-year-old woman is in Police custody at the Lami Police Station after she allegedly set fire to a two-bedroom double-storey wooden house yesterday morning.

The incident happened at about 8:30am in Veisari.

It is alleged the woman was under the influence of liquor during the time of the incident.

Owner of the house, Harry Whitcombe, 45, and his five children were not at home when the incident happened.

“I was at work when my nephew called and informed me about the incident,” Mr Whitcombe said.

“I rushed home and saw my house fully engulfed in flames and the National Fire Authority team trying to put out the fire,” he said.

Mr Whitcombe said he did not know how the fire started but he heard one of his relatives had allegedly set fire to his house.

“I am happy that no one was at home during the incident and all my children are safe,” he said.

Report

Chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai said: “The Suva Fire Station received a fire emergency call at 8:30 am and immediately responded to the fire call.

“Upon arrival the fire team saw the house fully engulfed in flames,” he said.

“The fire also threatened to spread to a neighbouring house a few metres away, but the fire team was able to stop the fire from spreading.”

Police have confirmed that after the incident, a woman surrendered herself at the Lami Police Station and she is expected to be questioned soon.

 

Cost

The estimated cost of damage to the house is approximately $50,000.

NFA and Police are continuing with investigations.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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