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Elderly Woman Rescued From Toorak Fire

The relieved neighbours and bystanders applauded the Firefighters as they carried the woman from the burnt house to the NFA Ambulance and rushed her to the CWM hospital.
28 Oct 2019 10:21
Elderly Woman Rescued From Toorak Fire
A wooden building in Spring Street at Toorak, Suva, was engulfed in fire last night and later spread to the adjacent concrete building. Police and fire officers, as well as personnel from Energy Fiji Ltd were at the scene. A rescue team from the National Fire Authority was seen inside the building. A car was also set alight as a result of the fire. When this edition went to press firefighters were still trying to contain the blaze. Words: Ivamere Nataro. Photos: Shohail Khan and Rosi Doviverata.

An elderly woman was rescued by firefighters from her house which was completely destroyed in a fire at Spring St, Toorak last night

At 9.00 pm the Suva Fire Station was alerted of a fire and the fire crew responded immediately.

Upon arrival at the scene, the fire team saw the wooden and corrugated iron house well involved in fire and the roof already starting to collapse.  The fire team quickly used multiple deliveries of water from the fire trucks and fire hydrant supply to extinguish the fire and stop its spread to the other adjacent buildings.

The wooden and corrugated iron house was occupied by an elderly couple who lived in the house with their son.  The elderly woman was trapped in the house when the fire broke out and access to locate the woman was very difficult due to heavy fire loading and the collapsed and hot corrugated roofing irons.

The intensity of the fire and windy conditions at the time caused the fire to rise and spread to the adjacent three-storey building’s roof and ceiling causing the tenants for that building to evacuate to safety.  The firefighters fought hard against windy conditions to stop the fire from spreading and destroying the adjacent three-storey building and neighbouring wooden homes.

After the Firefighters managed to contain the fire and by the Grace of God, they found the elderly woman sheltered in one of the amenities unharmed.  The fire had actually burnt everything else up to the area where she was sheltered.

The relieved neighbours and bystanders applauded the Firefighters as they carried the woman from the burnt house to the NFA Ambulance and rushed her to the CWM hospital.

Four fire trucks from Suva and Valelevu Fire Stations were at the scene with 20 firefighters and senior Officers to fight the fire and control its fast spread.

NFA will be conducting its investigations later today to determine the cause of the fire.

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