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Granny’s Home Of 60 Years Destroyed By Fire

Sera Ranadi Koroidavila, 83, was in a state of shock after she lost her family home of more than 60 years at Yadrana Settlement, Delainavesi in Lami. Two three-bedroom houses
20 Jun 2018 12:30
Granny’s Home Of 60 Years Destroyed By Fire
Fireman trying to put out the fire that destroyed two homes in Nadonomai settlement in Lami on June 19, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Sera Ranadi Koroidavila, 83, was in a state of shock after she lost her family home of more than 60 years at Yadrana Settlement, Delainavesi in Lami.

Two three-bedroom houses were completely razed in a morning fire  yesterday.

Ms Koroidavila of Soso, Bau in Tailevu was comforted by her close family members and neighbours as she tried to maintain her composure.

Keeping a strong smile on her face Ms Koroidavila said she had cooked her meal that morning and was having it in the living room when she heard noises coming from her bedroom.

“When I checked I saw my room had caught fire, the curtains were burning, I knew I couldn’t do anything,” Ms Koroidavila said.

“I went outside and started calling for help.

“One of my grandsons came to the rescue, but it was too late, it was an old house and I had to get out of the house.”

Ms Koroidavila said she could not do anything else to save her home.

Meanwhile, the owner of the second three-bedroom home Kali Koroicure, 41, said she was on her way to work when she received a phone call from her neighbor telling her of the incident.

Ms Koroicure said when she had returned home, her mother-in-law Ms Koroidavila was still in shock and the National Fire Authority was trying to stop the fire from spreading to near-by homes.

She said her three children were all at school that morning.

Ms Koroicure estimated that for both  houses the cost of damage would have been more than $20,000 each.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident and advised that investigations were underway.

Edited by Percy Kean

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