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Bi Cries As Memories Go Up In Flames

Saliman Bi cried as she looked at what was left of the two-bedroom house her father-in-law built many years ago. The memories she shared with her loved ones was no
23 Sep 2018 13:01
Bi Cries As Memories Go Up In Flames
The two-bedroom house at Naduna. Inset : Saliman Bi. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

Saliman Bi cried as she looked at what was left of the two-bedroom house her father-in-law built many years ago.

The memories she shared with her loved ones was no more on Friday night.

A couple who have been liv­ing in their property weren’t there at the time the inci­dent started at around 7pm.

The 63-year-old said be­cause she lives close to the house she alerted her hus­band and son who were watching a soccer game at Subrail Park, Labasa.

But Ms Bi said she was hap­py that despite losing every­thing, no one got injured or lost their lives.

“The house that burned down is a family home which was built by my fa­ther-in-law 60 years ago, the house has some good fond memories,” she said.

“It is unfortunate that the house got destroyed by fire, the incident happened around 7pm. I woke up from my sleep and saw flames coming from behind of the house. I believed that the fire started from the kitchen, everything is gone.”

“No one was at home when the fire started. The couple, who live there, were in Laba­sa Town watching the Mus­lim soccer tournament.

“I was alone at home when the fire started, my son and husband were at Subrail Park in Labasa watching the soccer tournament.

“I contacted them, request­ing to contact National Fire Authority and to inform the couple who looks after the place of what had hap­pened,” he said.

National Fire Authority and Fiji Police were present at the scene to see to it that the fire was under control.

Meanwhile, commenting on property, business and other types of fires, National Fire Authority leading fire­fighter Samu Cokanauato said such fires were always hard to control especially with limited access to water.

Mr Cokanauto was speak­ing at Namalata Village, in Kubulau, Bua.

“During the visit, we wit­ness huge bush and forest areas on fire and it was im­possible to control because of lack of access,” Mr Co­kanauto said.

“We also witness huge ar­eas of pine, bush and grass areas burning.

“Infrastructures like wood­en electrical poles were partly burnt as a result of the out of control bush and grass fires. In one out of control bush fire, a family house in Labasa was at risk of being destroyed by fire, but fire-fighters were able to stop the fire from damaging this very important asset.

“Big pine forests have been affected by out of control bush and grass fires,” he said.

He said families needed to discuss fire safety with their children and members of the community.

Police

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the property in Naduna was vacant at the time of the incident.

“The estimated cost of damage $30,000.00. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained,” she said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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