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Families Restart Life After Fire

Families are now struggling to rebuild their lives. They were left traumatised after the two houses consisting of three flats each were completely destroyed last Saturday morning at the Fiji
06 Jun 2016 08:41
Families Restart Life After Fire
Manoj Kumar pointing out the location of his house at Suva Muslim League settlement in Nabua Photo: Ashna Kumar

Families are now struggling to rebuild their lives.

They were left traumatised after the two houses consisting of three flats each were completely destroyed last Saturday morning at the Fiji Muslim League settlement in Samabula.

When Fiji Sun team visited the scene yesterday, the families gathered to clear the leftovers from the burning.

Owner of the first house Abdul Jamsid, 50, said: “My family and I are traumatised but we have to support each other to keep ourselves going in life and rebuild everything from scratch.

“I just hope to find ways soon so I can start building a new home.

“All my years of earnings and hard work were destroyed within few minutes.”

Mr Jamsid said his family was preparing for their younger son Shameer Abdul’s wedding which was planned by the end of this year but, everything was completely destroyed.

“All the jewelry and clothes we purchased for the wedding is all burned and now we are left with nothing,” Mr Jamsid said.

Mr Jamsid is staying at their neighbour’s place in the settlement while his other family members are staying at their daughter-in-laws place in Nine miles.

Owner of another house, Manoj Kumar, 50, was still reeling from the shock.

Mr Kumar lives with three of his sons and one of them is a St Giles patient.

“I am really concerned about my two children Mehaul Kumar, 12; and Aarav Kumar, 7, how they will go to school. Their school books, bags and uniforms are destroyed,” he said.

He is also concerned about his son Aaron Kumar who is a St Giles patient.

Mr Kumar said he could not save any of his belongings in the fire.

“I have no idea where to start from. I am helpless.

“I would like to ask people for assistance and help us in any way they can,” he said.

Mr Kumar and his three children are staying at their daughter’s place in Valelevu while his aunty Premila Devi, 52, and her daughter Amrita Devi, 9,  are staying at their friends place in Nine mines.

Twenty-one people made a dramatic escape as two corrugated iron buildings were razed to the ground. No one was reported injured.

The two houses were so close to each other that fire spread from one to the other easily. They were crude structures with very basic features that were devoid of fire safety elements.

The land on which the people were squatting belongs to the Fiji Muslim League. The FML national president, Hafiz-Ud-dean Khan, was away overseas and could not be reached to comment.

The two buildings each housed three rented flats. It is believed the fire started at 5.30am.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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