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Morning Blaze Ruins Years Of Sacrifice

Years of sacrifice ended in a blaze for a businessman whose property was partly destroyed in a fire on the morning of Christmas day. The concrete house consisting of four
27 Dec 2017 12:17
Morning Blaze Ruins  Years Of Sacrifice
Dr Abdul Gani inside the flat that was partially destroyed by fire in Beverly Hills in Votualevu, Nadi on December 25, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Years of sacrifice ended in a blaze for a businessman whose property was partly destroyed in a fire on the morning of Christmas day.

The concrete house consisting of four flats and located at Beverly Hills, in Votualevu, Nadi had an estimated cost of damage valued at over $50,000.

Property owner Dr Abdul Gani, 53, said the occupants, his wife and two children were not at home when the incident happened.

“I was watching TV in my flat when my neighbours called out, I ran outside and saw the flame had engulfed the back of the house,” he said.

“The fire department was alerted and officers were pretty fast in dousing the fire otherwise it would have affected the other flats too.” 

“This was built 10 years ago from my sacrifice.” 

Investigation was underway and Police were still trying to ascertain the cause of fire which was not known at this stage.

In a separate incident on Sunday after 7am at Sikituru Village in Nadi, it’s alleged that a 21-year-old farmer set fire to a home belonging to 25-year-old plumber.

Chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said the incident took place between two neighbours that led to a case of alleged arson.

The house was partly destroyed and when questioned the suspect admitted he set fire to the house because he could not tolerate the noise coming from the victim’s home.

No one has been charged. The suspect was questioned and released as investigations continue.

“Be considerate of others and don’t take the law into your own hands.  We understand that everybody will be celebrating their Christmas in their own way and while doing so you need to be mindful of others so as not to disturb their peace,” ACP Tudravu said.

“On the same note, don’t try and take the law into your own hands and call us so we can come and resolve the situation.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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