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Grandfather, 70, Dies In Fire, Waila Family Lose All

  It was a family trip gone wrong for members only to receive news that a family member had died in a fire at their house in Corbett Avenue, Waila,
25 May 2018 10:00
Grandfather, 70, Dies In Fire, Waila Family Lose All
Livai Rokosara of Nakorovatu, Naitasiri, at Corbett Avenua in Waila, Nausori, where he also lost his father in the fire. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

 

It was a family trip gone wrong for members only to receive news that a family member had died in a fire at their house in Corbett Avenue, Waila, in Nausori.

Livai Rokosara of Nakoro­vatu, Naitasiri, left home yesterday morning with his wife, two children and niece for Rakiraki, knowing that his 70-year-old father was safe.

Never did he believe that upon his arrival in Rakiraki, he heard over the phone that his father, Maciu Senivau, was no more.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the fire oc­curred around mid-day yes­terday when a two-bedroom house made of roofing iron and timber was completely destroyed in the fire.

Ms Naisoro said neigh­bours had alerted the Na­tional Fire Authority (NFA) and as the fire crew were at­tending to the incident, the officers discovered the body inside the burnt house.

Mr Rokosara said he could not believe that his father, who was a happy man and who had bought their fam­ily home 23 years ago, would perish with it.

“We left around 8am. Dad was taken to one of my niece’s home close to our house. When we were about to reach Rakiraki we received the phone call,” he said.

“When we got back, every­thing was gone. All our be­longings are gone and worst of all, I lost my dad.”

Cost of damage is estimated at $70,000 because they were extending the house.

Mr Rokosara said he was only informed by his niece that his father wanted to re­turn home, but they could not understand why or how the fire happened.

Investigations are continu­ing.

Edited by Percy Kean

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