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Widow Loses Three Bedroom House

  A Lautoka widow wept  yesterday, looking at what was once her home but now after a fire; a smouldering mount of twisted iron and smoking timber. Prem Lata, 49,
06 Oct 2016 11:00
Widow Loses Three Bedroom House
Prem Lata (right), wept as her home was destroyed in the fire. Photo: Charles Chambers

 

A Lautoka widow wept  yesterday, looking at what was once her home but now after a fire; a smouldering mount of twisted iron and smoking timber.

Prem Lata, 49, lost her three-bedroom home and all its belongings in an inferno on Tuesday night at Lovu.

A flat she was renting out was partly burnt while another escaped almost unscathed from the fire which started at around 11.15pm.

Ragni Lata, a tenant was asleep with her husband Ritesh Ram and daughter when she heard Ms Prem calling them.

“When I opened the door for my flat there was a big fire inside the home and we had to move two vehicles parked in the garage out,” Ms Ragni said.

She said Ms Prem said she was on her mobile phone when she heard a loud explosion and saw her home suddenly filled with smoke.

“My husband started throwing water from a drum and I think that saved our flat,” Ms Ragni said.

“The fire brigade came about 15 minutes later and I think that their quick arrival saved the two flats from being fully engulfed.”

Ms Prem wept continuously as her home was not insured and damage was estimated at around $80,000.

“I think it spread quickly because the wooden part of the house was also infested with termites as the wood was soft in a lot of places,” Ms Prem said.

Ms Ragni said the fire started from the part of the house where the electrical switchboard was located on the outside.

A National Fire Authority staff who was inspecting the scene said he could not comment on their investigations.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

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