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Labasa Family Seeks Help To Rebuild Home After It Was Destroyed By Fire

While they are trying to rebuild their lives, the family is seeking urgent public help to rebuild their home in an area which is more than 20 kilometres from Labasa Town.
29 May 2019 17:26
Labasa Family Seeks Help To Rebuild Home After It Was Destroyed By Fire
Jeetendra Prasad with his wife, Sanjeshni Lata, and children Arav Prasad and Vanshika Prasad pointing at the remains of their house in Mataniwai, Labasa, on May 24, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

A family of Mataniwai, Labasa, has moved in with relatives next door after their home was completely destroyed by a fire last Thursday.

While they are trying to rebuild their lives, the family is seeking urgent public help to rebuild their home in an area which is more than 20 kilometres from Labasa Town.

Jeetendra Prasad, 42, is still in shock over the incident.

The father-of-two children (Vanshika Prasad and Arav Prasad) said he was worried about how he would send them back to school.

“We have been living in this house for 18 years and within few minutes it was totally destroyed,” Mr Prasad said.

“The fire caused $35,000 worth of damage.

“The only thing we could save was the clothes we were wearing.

“We don’t know how the fire started.

“I was at work at Valebasoga Tropik Board Limited, my children were at Naleba Primary School and my wife, Sanjeshni Lata, was in the vegetable garden.

“Now we can’t live the way we used to do before, but we hope that people would come forward to assist us with whatever they can, so we can rebuild our lives.”

Meanwhile, the National Fire Authority said in a statement that the Labasa Fire Station fire crew was alerted through a call at 11.35am.

Upon arrival at the fire scene at 12.05pm, the fire crew saw that the one-bedroom house fully engulfed in flames and had collapsed.

The crew quickly used one delivery of water to extinguish the fire and hotspots.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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