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Second House Fire For Lautoka Resident

The owner of Alpine Rental Taxi Hire and Tour Services said his family next door alerted him to smoke coming from the rear of the house on Wednesday.
08 Jan 2021 10:41
Second House Fire For Lautoka Resident
Rajneel Singh points to where he suspects the fire started at their house in Banaras, Lautoka on January 6, 2020. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

This is the second time Banaras resident in Lautoka, Rajneel Singh, has suffered damage to his property because of a fire – once in 2019 and another on Wednesday.

He voiced concerns that it may have been an electrical fire, but Energy Fiji Limited has responded saying that they had checked the wiring to his property last September and it was intact at the time.

The owner of Alpine Rental Taxi Hire and Tour Services said his family next door alerted him to smoke coming from the rear of the house on Wednesday.

“I made a complaint in a letter to Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) on September 4, 2020, stating that with the power points in the home, even without any load on it, it starts melting,” he said.

EFL said: “We acknowledge receiving a letter from a Rajneel R Singh of 35 Adjodhya Road, Banaras, Lautoka dated Friday 4th September, which we received on Tuesday 8th September, 2020.

“The major issue in this letter was concerns over the electrical wires, which he had procured and had wired his premises with. EFL’s team visited his premises on Thursday 17th September 2020 to check the wiring within his premises. Upon inspection, our team noticed that the electrical wires were in order.

“According to Mr. Singh, he had changed the faulty wires, which EFL does not have proof of. Whilst at site, our team had requested Mr Singh to show the melted wires for visual inspection and are still awaiting for this to be provided.”

In 2019, Mr Singh’s three bedroom home as well as his father-in-law’s home next to his, was destroyed in a blaze. On Wednesday at around 6.30pm, part of his property was again damaged in a fire.

Mr Singh said since the fire in 2019, he had taken a loan from Bred Bank and used it to renovate the house in order to rent it out.

The house was expected to be ready for new tenants next month.

Separate investigations by the Police and the National Fire Authority are being conducted to determine the cause of the fire.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj


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