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Fire Destroys Four Business Outlets In Nadi

Late on Friday night, four adjacent buildings located at the temple end of Nadi Town’s Main Street were damaged in a fire.
22 Mar 2020 10:26
Fire Destroys Four Business Outlets In Nadi
A fire destroyed the top building on the Main Street of Nadi on March 21, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

As businesses scramble to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, four businesses in Nadi were hit by another disaster.

Late on Friday night, four adjacent buildings located at the temple end of Nadi Town’s Main Street were damaged in a fire.

Police have cordoned off the block, as investigations continue.

The affected businesses have put in place measures to continue to employ their staff, amid the current crisis.

The first floor of all the four buildings were completely destroyed.

Quick action by firefighters managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby buildings.

The fire on Friday night. Photo: Harvey Kennedy

The fire on Friday night. Photo: Harvey Kennedy

The Downtown Hotel and Bobby Khan’s buildings were partially damaged.

A tenant at one of the buildings, Food King director Atish Maharaj, a witness, said he was in his store when he noticed smoke at around 10.30pm. He then alerted the Police.

“We have four staff, and they have been told to stay home. Meantime, they will be fully paid. We will resume business as soon as the green light is given by the authorities.”

Home and Living general manager Sanjeev Mudaliar said the bottom office space was empty because they had moved upstairs following the flood warnings.

“We don’t know how and when the fire started. We have to wait for the fire authority’s report,” he said.

“We lost everything. It was unfortunate.”

A fire destroyed the top building on the Main Street of Nadi on March 21, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A fire destroyed the top building on the Main Street of Nadi on March 21, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The shop employs 20 people.

“Those who have pending leave will be sent on leave. Those that don’t, we will send them to our Namaka store. We want to ensure that our people have a stable earning and that none of our staff will suffer any way.”

The Hot Bread Kitchen bakery was also affected.

A statement from its management confirmed that they had suspended all operations at this outlet with immediate effect.

“All our staff at this branch are well and have been asked to proceed on day-off and leave with pay, until logistical arrangements are made, with regards to their relocation to other branches as we await the clearance of our Nadi Main town branch to re-open,” the statement said.

Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Dr Ram Raju says they are deeply saddened with the loss business operators faced in the retail outlets.

The National Fire Authority said fire trucks from Nadi, Sigatoka and Lautoka fire stations responded to the incident.

“Altogether 22 firefighters and two fire officers were at the scene to fight the blaze. No casualties were reported. Fire investigations are underway to determine the causes,” the statement said.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra



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