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Only Son Laments Death of His Mother In Lautoka Fire

The victim was believed to be alone in their two-bedroom concrete home when the incident happened.
29 Sep 2019 08:52
Only Son Laments Death of His Mother In Lautoka Fire
Kamal Prasad Sharma in front of what was left of their family home on September 28, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Kamal Prasad Sharma wept openly yesterday for his mother who died in their house fire at Drasa, Lautoka.

“No more calling in the morning and telling me that tea is ready,” Mr Sharma cried.

He is the only son of the victim, 74-year-old Sumitra Devi.

Mr Sharma lived with his late mother, Mrs Devi, at a farming community.

The victim was believed to be alone in their two-bedroom concrete home when the incident happened.

Mr Sharma said the last time he spoke to her mother was yesterday morning when he urged her to take a break and go to the Sugar Festival.

“Last night (Friday)when I came home from work, she served my food and we talked about our work for the day which we always normally do,” the 45-year-old said.

“In the morning at 5am she woke me up and told that my tea was ready,” he said.

“That is the usual thing she does every morning, she milks the cows, feeds the chickens and attends to her vegetable garden. Sometimes she helps me to plant sugarcane. My mother is a very hardworking woman.”

“She told me after all the sugarcane has been planted she will visit her sister in New Zealand. I was happy to hear that because I wanted her just to take a good break.”

“That morning before I left I told her just to take a break and go to the Sugar Festival and when I come back from the mill I will pick her and take her home. She told me that nobody will feed the chickens and she has a lot to do,” he said

The late Sumitra Devi.

The late Sumitra Devi.

“I was at Buabua when a neighbour called and told me that our house was on fire. When I reached home I came to know that my mother had died in the fire. I wept uncontrollably and I knew that life would never be the same again”

“My mother is a kind hearted woman and she loves everybody around here. Even boys who plant pine trees around here, she would call them and prepare tea for them. She always minds her own business and never bothered anyone. I miss her a lot and I don’t know what I will do without her,” the sugarcane truck driver said.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro said investigations were continuing.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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