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Firemen Stop Early Fire From Spreading

Property owner Mohammed Kadar said the flat that was partially destroyed by the fire was vacant and was under renovation.
30 Aug 2020 12:31
Firemen Stop Early Fire From Spreading
Mohammed Kadar pointing at the flat that was partially destroyed by fire in Nadi town on August 28, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A quick reaction from the team of fire officers was able to contain a home fire spreading to a nearby property at Nadi Town on Friday morning.

The inferno partially destroyed a five-flat home. Only one flat was occupied during the time of the incident.

National Fire Authority chief executive officer Puamau Sowane confirmed that the incident happened around 4.30 am.

Property owner Mohammed Kadar said the flat that was partially destroyed by the fire was vacant and was under renovation.

“I have no idea how the fire started.”

He said the estimated cost of the damage was around $700,000.

A resident at one of the flats, Mereoni Rokosevua, 50, said, “We were at the back flat and were not sure how the fire started at the front flat.”

“It is vacant and there is no electricity or water in that house.”

Mr Rokosevua added that they were given an eviction notice a few weeks ago.

Mr Sowane said, “Two trucks were deployed to the site after they received the call that the house had already been engulfed with fire. The team managed to contain the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.”

NFA is advising the public and property owners to make fire safety everyone’s priority and all should take time out to identify all fire hazards in and around their properties and buildings.

Mr Sowane also reminded all businesses and residential owners that they can engage NFA to conduct compliance checks for early mitigation or prevention of unnecessary damages due to fire.

NFA and Police investigations are underway.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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