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Early Morning Blaze Destroys Two Homes In Caubati

Homeowners Amal and Sashi Deo are trying to come to terms with the loss, something which cost them 10 years of hard work to build.
02 Jan 2020 11:35
Early Morning Blaze Destroys Two Homes In Caubati
Energy Fiji Limited technician’s check for life wires after a house fire damaged several main line for more than twenty houses at a informal settlement at Caubati in Nasinu on December 1, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The New Year was not kind for two families as their homes were destroyed by an early morning fire at a Caubati in Nasinu yesterday.

The fire also destroyed electrical lines above the house affecting power supply to 24 homes. Energy Fiji Limited were quick to cut off the power supply.

Homeowners Amal and Sashi Deo are trying to come to terms with the loss, something which cost them 10 years of hard work to build.

The Deo family, originally from Vunimoli in Labasa, moved to Mama’s Place in Caubati 10 years ago.

The couple were sleeping in their two-bedroom house when Ms Deo woke up and saw their neighbour’s house up in flames.

The National Fire Authority officers were at the scene within minutes and managed to control the fire from spreading to nearby houses.

Mr Deo said the fire allegedly started from the house next door.

“The house was up in flames when my wife saw it and woke me up. We only managed to get out of the house and save ourselves,” he said.

Amal and Shashi Deo after their home was damaged in fire at Caubati in Nasinu on January 1, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Amal and Shashi Deo after their home was damaged in fire at Caubati in Nasinu on January 1, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“The neighbour’s house was closed and was looked after by a caretaker while the neighbour was in New Zealand and his wife was in Labasa.

“I was wearing a vest and underwear and we only thought to save ourselves and could not save anything else in the house. It is an unfortunate start to the New Year for us.”

Mr Deo said if his wife had not woken up, they would have died in the fire.

Cost of damage for Mr Deo’s house is estimated at $15,000.

Meanwhile, according to EFL, home owners will have to pay for the cost of fixing the electric wires.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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