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Fire Leaves Seven Homeless

Seven people were left homeless yesterday after a fire destroyed their five-bedroom corrugated iron and timber house in Vakabuli, Lautoka. House owner, 43-year-old driver Mohammed Ashtafaq Hussein, said no one
03 Oct 2016 11:00
Fire Leaves Seven Homeless
National Fire Authority

Seven people were left homeless yesterday after a fire destroyed their five-bedroom corrugated iron and timber house in Vakabuli, Lautoka.

House owner, 43-year-old driver Mohammed Ashtafaq Hussein, said no one was present at home when the incident happened.

“My wife and kids went to pick some mangoes from some trees far away and I went to Paipai to deliver some vehicle parts to a friend,” he said.

“There then I received a call from my neighbour saying that my house was on fire. I came as fast as I could, but by that time I reached here my house was half gone. I just cannot believe that we lost our home.”

He said they were not able to save anything except for their clothes they were wearing.

A statement received from the National Fire Authority confirmed the incident happened around mid-day.

“The property was vacant when the incident happened, fire officers were on site and investigation is under way to determine the cause,” the statement said.

Mr Hussein said the cost of damages incurred were mainly from electrical appliances valued around $80,000.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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