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Arson Suspected as Family Slept in Own Home

  Members of a cane farming family are living in fear because they suspect someone tried to burn their home at Tuvu while they slept. Sleeping in their home were
24 May 2017 11:00
Arson Suspected as Family Slept in Own Home
Sarojala Devi with grandson Araf and Swastika Prasad with daughter Shandi. Photo: Charles Chambers

 

Members of a cane farming family are living in fear because they suspect someone tried to burn their home at Tuvu while they slept.

Sleeping in their home were Sarojala Devi, 57, her daughter-in-law Swastika Prasad, 25, and her two grandchildren Araf Prasad, 5 and Shandi Prasad, 4.

The incident in Tuvu, just outside Lautoka, happened at around 3.30am on Saturday and has left Mrs Devi traumatised and fearful.

Mrs Prasad’s husband, Anlesh Prasad, 37, was asleep in his house about 15 metres away when he heard his wife yelling that morning.

Mr Prasad said his father, Ramendra Kumar, died two months ago and that why his wife and children were sleeping with his mum in her house.

Mrs Prasad said she had gone to bed around 1am after waiting for her husband who had come back from a funeral in Ba at around 12.15am.

“The thing that woke me up was like something had burst and I thought it was a bulb. But when I put on the light I noticed the smoke inside the house.”

She quickly alerted Mrs Devi and carried her two children, who were both still asleep outside the house.

“I looked out to the back door and saw a piece of cloth which had the smell of fuel, stuck midway between the grill door and the wooden door,” she said.

“By then the bottom of the door started burning because the cloth had burned and fell on the cement.

“The timber above the door was also starting to burn and by that time my husband had dragged their hose around.”

Mrs Prasad went back into the house and switched on the power for the borehole pump.

Mr Prasad said it was lucky the pressure was strong and they managed to extinguish the fire.

“I don’t know why this was done and we are frightened to sleep at night because that same person or persons could come back and finish what they intended to do,” he said.

Mr Prasad said Police arrived 10 minutes after he extinguished the fire. Police are investigating.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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