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Family Loses All in House Fire

  A Lautoka family lost all its belongings, in a fire on Tuesday night. Children’s schoolbooks and uniforms were also destroyed. Their newly-built two bedroom home was not insured and
14 Jul 2017 11:00
Family Loses All in House Fire
Shivani Kumar stands amid the charred remains of her home at Saru Back Road in Lautoka. Photo: Charles Chambers

 

A Lautoka family lost all its belongings, in a fire on Tuesday night. Children’s schoolbooks and uniforms were also destroyed.

Their newly-built two bedroom home was not insured and damage caused by the fire is estimated at around $50,000

Ashish Kumar, 31, his wife Shivani, 30 and their two children Arnav, 6 and Shruthi, 5 were away at a prayer meeting when the incident happened.

Mrs Kumar’s father, Mahendra Singh, who lives next door, was notified about the fire from a neighbour, but the intensity of the blaze saw the house destroyed in 15 minutes.

She said they had just built the house last year at a cost of over $20,000. They left with the clothes they had on.

“I had a lot of electrical items and that is also lost.

“I am asking the Government to please help us as we don’t have anything left.”

Mr Singh said when he ran out from his house, he saw his son-in-law’s home engulfed in smoke and flames.

After attempting to break some lourves, they still could not enter because the fire had spread to the whole house.

 

Emergency response

The National Fire Authority (NFA) said the Lautoka Fire Station received a fire emergency call at around 7.13pm and immediately responded.

“Upon arrival at 7.23pm, the fire team saw the corrugated iron and wooden structured house fully engulfed in flames,” NFA said in a statement.

“The fire team used deliveries of water from the fire trucks relayed from the fire hydrant in the area to extinguish the fire.”

“Two fire trucks from the Lautoka Fire Station were engaged to put out the fire. No one was in the house at the time of the fire.”

NFA investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, a fire completely destroyed a one bedroom home in Nananu Village, Tavua on Wednesday leaving four people homeless.

Tavua Fire Station received a fire emergency call at 10.15 am and found the corrugated iron and timber structured house fully engulfed in flames.

The fire team used deliveries of water from the fire trucks to extinguish the fire.

A 25-year-old was at home and was rescued by the villages.

The Fire Team also managed to save the owner’s personal belongings as well as two other neighbouring houses in the area which were a few metres away.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

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