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Woman Thought She Was Saving Her Son. It Was His Teddy Bear

I thought I was saving my son only to find out that it was his teddy bear. Heartbroken Rita Riteeka Prasad, 28, said she struggled to save her five-months-old son,
18 Feb 2021 13:41
Woman Thought She Was Saving Her Son. It Was His Teddy Bear
From left: Rital Riteeka Prasad with her daughter, Namaya Rai and both her parents, Uddar Prasad and wife Aruna Devi at Nadele in Sabeto. Photo: Mereleki Nai

I thought I was saving my son only to find out that it was his teddy bear.

Heartbroken Rita Riteeka Prasad, 28, said she struggled to save her five-months-old son, Adriyan Rai, out of the broken windows, pulled together the bed sheet where he laid and when she opened it, she only saw her son’s teddy bear.

The mother-of-two lost her son and both her in-laws in a house fire in Nadele, Sabeto in Nadi early yesterday morning.

She escaped with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

“It was around midnight when my husband woke me and told me to save our children while he tries to save his bedridden parents. Our house was engulfed in flames,” Mrs Prasad said.

“I quickly carried my daughter outside and tried to run back for my baby who was sleeping in another room with my husband.

“My daughter followed me to the house, I carried her back outside and shouted for help.

“The neighbours came and I gave my daughter to them while I ran again inside for my son.

“Half way through the kitchen I couldn’t get into the room where my baby was sleeping. I ran outside and told my husband that our son was still trapped inside.

“He broke the windows, I tried climbing inside but I couldn’t, so I grabbed the bed sheets where my baby was, pulled it together got it out the window.

Adriyan Rai.

Adriyan Rai.

“When I opened the sheet it was not my baby, it was his teddy bear. I wanted to go back inside but the whole room was in flames.”

Mrs Prasad said her husband was bleeding heavily because he was breaking the windows trying to save his parents and son.

“This is the saddest day of my life, I lost three family members at the same time,” she said.

The National Fire Authority (NFA) had stated that at 1.08 am, the Nadi Fire Station was alerted of the house fire and they responded immediately.

Upon arrival at the scene, the fire team found the eight bedroom house fully engulfed in flames.

The fire crew managed to extinguish the fire but was saddened by the loss of three lives and greatly sympathises with the family on their loss.

NFA is working with the Police to conduct its investigations to determine the cause of the fire and the circumstances that led to the death of the three victims who were trapped in the fire.

Dead are 92-year-old Bagwan Dean his 87-year-old wife, Aqliman Bibi and five-month-old Adriyan Rai.

 

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