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Rakiraki Blaze Kills Boy, Age 6

“I am not sure how the fire started, but I was sleeping in the room when I noticed the smoke filling the room and I quickly got up and called out for my children and my two grandchildren."
23 Sep 2019 10:22
Rakiraki Blaze Kills Boy, Age 6
Sovaia Direki points towards her house near Vitawa, Rakiraki that was destroyed by a fire on September 22, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The youngest in a household of 11 people died in an early morning blaze in Vitawa, Rakiraki, yesterday.
Six-year-old Aisake Nauruwai was trapped inside the concrete home in the farming community, as family members tried in to open the door to
get him. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that Aisake died as a result of the fire.

Grandfather and homeowner, Ratu Kalivati Nauruwai, said the fire started at 2am and spread quickly.
“I am not sure how the fire started, but I was sleeping in the room when I noticed the smoke filling the room and I quickly got up and called out for my children and my two grandchildren,” he said.

“I tried to find the door since we only have three and two are always locked.

“I tried opening them but I couldn’t, so I felt the sides of the wall to try and find a way out.”

Mr Nauruwai said he finally managed to find an exit to get his family to safety.
“We were outside when we noticed that my grandson Aisake was missing.

“We tried for two to three minutes to just try and get his door opened to get him but the flames and smoke were just too much,” he said.

“Some of my children are residing here while the others are in Va¬nua Levu and another is in Suva.”
Young Aisake’s mother who is in Vanua Levu is expected to arrive in Rakiraki.

“One is in Suva so even though everything was destroyed luckily we are staying at one of my son’s house just a short distance from my where I used to live,” he said

“I did not get a chance to see Ai¬sake’s body as the police took it but we will wait for his mother.”
Ms Naisoro confirmed the tragic incident at Akbar Road near Vitawa, Rakiraki at around 2am.

“The victim was trapped inside a six-bedroom house owned by a 65-year-old farmer.

“The other ten occupants man¬aged to escape unharmed,” she said.

Ms Naisoro added that investigations were underway to determine the cause of the fire.

The National Fire Authority also confirmed investigations were underway. Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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