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Suva Families Survive 3 Separate Fires

There were three fire incidents recorded in Suva yesterday that has left families without a home, according to the National Fire Authority. The first fire incident was in Abdul Place
26 Jan 2017 11:00
Suva Families Survive 3 Separate Fires
The house at Jittu Estate along Gaji Road, Raiwaqa, destroyed by fire yesterday. Photo: Ashna Kumar

There were three fire incidents recorded in Suva yesterday that has left families without a home, according to the National Fire Authority.

The first fire incident was in Abdul Place in Caubati, Nasinu, at around 9.30am; the second at Jittu Estate along Gaji Rd, Raiwaqa; and the third at Sukanaivalu Rd in Nabua at around 3pm.

 

Fire in Caubati burns two flats; a third partially destroyed

Nine people yesterday survived a fire that destroyed flats they were renting at Abdul Place in Caubati, Nasinu.

Two adjacent flats were destroyed while the third bottom flat was partially burned.

An emotional housewife, Labasa native Ranjita Chand, 28, said: “I was feeding my daughter when I saw the smoke.

“I went outside to check and saw the smoke was coming out of the back flat. I quickly ran and woke up my brother-in-law who was asleep during the time of the incident and my husband was at work.

“We managed to save some of our belongings but it spread so quickly and burned our front flat down too. I am thankful for Lord that no one was injured during the fire, especially my daughter.”

Ms Chand has been renting the flat for the past two years with her husband, two-year-old daughter and two brother-in-laws.

Another tenant Shamshad Bi, 44, originally from Labasa, was renting the flat for the past two years with husband, Shahid Khan, 45.

“I had to gone to the bank when I received the call informing that my flat was up in flames,” Ms Bi said.

“My husband had gone to work and I left a bit after. It came to be as a surprise when I heard the news of the fire as I had switched all the electronic devices off and made sure the stoves were turned off before I left home.

“I just do not know what to do or where to go now. My life feels shattered seeing the place I called home burn up in flames.”

The tenants renting the bottom flat were at work. They were told about the fire by neighbours.

 

Jittu family survives home fire

I have nothing left to look back on, an emotional Tulia Nauvi told Fiji Sun yesterday.

Ms Tulia, 34, and her family are homeless after a fire destroyed their home at Jittu Estate along Gaji Road, Raiwaqa.

The mother of three, originally of Wainibuka, was emotional when she spoke to Fiji Sun.

“It was just me and my son inside the house when I heard people shout that there was smoke coming out from the bottom of the house so I quickly grabbed my son and ran out of the house,” she said.

“We all managed to escape the fire and no one got injured while trying to run outside, especially my son.

“But I cannot believe all my belongings and hard earned items are burned. I couldn’t save anything as the smoke was filled inside my house.”

Ms Tulia has been a resident at Jittu Estate for the past four years. Ms Nauvi’s husband was working at the time.

 

Fire leaves nothing for two families in Sukanaivalu Rd

At Sukanaivalu Rd in Nabua yesterday two homes were completely destroyed by fire.

Housewife Rosie Gonerogo, 43, of Gau has been a resident in the area for more than 14 years.

She said: “I was getting ready at around 3pm to go pick up my son from school when I saw smoke coming out of the neighbour’s house.

“The house was burning from the bottom while the men with his two children were still inside the house.

“Along with my other neighbours, I tried to help put out the fire but the flames were so strong that it burnt one side of my house.

“I was so helpless and could not save anything except for what we are wearing right now.

“Everything was up in flames and burning while I could just stand on the side and watch my house burn.”

She estimates cost of damage at $80,000.

The National Fire Authority is investigating all three incidents. There were no casualties or any injuries recorded.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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