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Vendor Loses Home

A Nadi market vendor stood crying helplessly yesterday as she watched her house engulfed in flames from a fire that had spread from a warehouse next door. The early morning
15 Dec 2016 18:29
Vendor Loses Home
Terrace and bulk of Prem Lata's house was razed by the fire that spread from the warehouse yesterday morning. Photo:ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

A Nadi market vendor stood crying helplessly yesterday as she watched her house engulfed in flames from a fire that had spread from a warehouse next door.

The early morning fire started at a building contractor’s warehouse had spread to the terrace and ceiling of PremLata-Chand’s house at Highbrook Drive at Legalega in Nadi.

Ms Chand came to know of the fire, after her daughter who was at home called her.

19-year-old Anisha Chand said she was told to vacate the house immediately by the warehouse staff at around 8am.

“Some boys were doing welding in warehouse and all of a sudden the smokes started rising, soon after some guys came to tell me to vacate the house,” she said.

She said people who saw the fire came to help Anisha remove the belongings of their house.

“Some people came to help us and we managed to remove very few belongings of ours,” Anisha said.

The warehouse which is owned by Neilfield Estate, Highbrook contractors from whom Ms Chand purchased a parcel of land about five years ago.

Her husband, Ami Chand, said the amount of damages could not be told when Fiji Sun visited the scene as the fire continued to spread while the fire fighters were working to stop it from spreading.

“The amount of damages incurred and how much we have lost cannot be estimated yet because the fire just has not stopped spreading,” Mr Chand said.

The family will now take shelter at a relative’s home.

Meanwhile Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that the Fiji Police was aware of the Legalega fire at the warehouse and at Ms Chand’s residence.

However, she said the cause of the fire was not known yet.

“Investigations continue and police will wait for the report from National Fire Authority,” Ms Naisoro said.

The manager of the warehouse did not comment at the time this article went to press.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

arishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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