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Fire Authority, Police Join Forces On Weekend Fires

  The National Fire Authority (NFA) and Police are working together to investigate the cause of house fires in five separate incidences over the weekend. Two fire incidents were reported
06 Jun 2016 08:35
Fire Authority, Police Join Forces On Weekend Fires
National Fire Authority

 

The National Fire Authority (NFA) and Police are working together to investigate the cause of house fires in five separate incidences over the weekend.

Two fire incidents were reported in the Western Division, another two in the Central Division and one in the Northern Division.

NFA chief fire officer, Qionilau Moceitai said: “NFA is really concerned about the increase in home fires over the weekend.

“We are doing the investigations to determine the causes of these fires,” he said.

Mr Moceitai has advised people to take extra care in their homes.

A Fiji Police Force spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed: “Yes, we are working with the National Fire Authority to determine the causes of these house fires.”

 

Central Division

In the first incident, one bedroom house was razed to the ground at around 4am on Saturday at Chadwick Road, Naulu in Nakasi.

It took two fire trucks to put out the fire.

It is alleged the owner of the house was at his daughter’s place because he was sick and for the last two weeks a young man was looking after the house.

In the second incident, two houses which had three flats each were completely destroyed. It is believed that the fire started from the flat occupied by a 32-year-old woman.

The incident happened at the Fiji Muslim League Settlement in Samabula around 5:30am on Saturday. Here, 21 people are homeless. No injuries were reported.

Family members were sleeping when the incident happened and were alerted by their neighbours.

 

Northern Division

A fire incident happened at Wailevu in Labasa on Saturday. It is alleged that someone tried to set the house alight.

When Fiji Sun contacted Mr Moceitai, he said the case was handed over to Police because the owner had reported that he suspected someone had tried to set fire to the house. Police continues with investigations.

 

Western Division

In the first incident two people were admitted at the Lautoka Hospital after a house fire on Saturday evening.

The incident happened at Nawakalevu, near Nawaka in Nadi where a couple’s two-bedroom corrugated iron home was completely destroyed by fire

Police is treating the case as an alleged arson.

In the second incident a three-bedroom corrugated iron and timber home in Naidrodro, Ba was destroyed also on Saturday.

57-year-old widower  Bijma Wati was at the Ba Market selling vegetables when her neighbour called her saying smoke was coming out from the house.

Police and NFA and are conducting investigations for the five house fires.

Read more below for the in-depth reports.

 Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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