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Bright Diwali Dashed, Family Home Gutted In Morning Blaze

The National Fire Authority had to cut through a neighbour’s fence to reach Mr Prakash’s house.
07 Nov 2021 14:55
Bright Diwali Dashed, Family Home Gutted In Morning Blaze
Kapil Prakash with son Akash Prakash after their 4 bedroom house was destroyed in a fire at Lakeba Street, in Samabula, on November 4, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Kapil Prakash stood outside the ruins of what was once his home at Lakeba Street, Samabula in Suva.

At 2am on Thursday, November 4, a fire gutted through his four-bedroom home destroying everything.

Plans for a small Diwali celebration at their family home were ruined.

Mr Prakash’s home was in the informal settlement in Lakeba Street. Next door to him are proper allotted lots.

The National Fire Authority had to cut through a neighbour’s fence to reach Mr Prakash’s house.

“The fire started from the floor of the house. My wife was awake as she was cutting vegetables,” Mr Prakash recalled.

“Smoke spread so fast that we all ran out of the house unable to save a thing.”

Mr Prakash, his wife, their three children and Mr Prakash’s mother are now living with a neighbour.

The house had been with the family for 44 years- built two years before Mr Prakash was born.

Mr Prakash had been a worker with a construction company and after COVID-19 restrictions he had been taking up odd jobs to support his family.

Mr Prakash said he wanted to rebuild their house but did not know where to start.

“My three children are schooling. My eldest Abhay is in Year Six, Aryan is in Year Three while Aksh is in kindergarten. Their uniforms and books are all gone,” he said.

Meanwhile, NFA received the call around 2am and rushed to Samabula. NFA will investigate the cause of the fire.

It was fortunate that another two houses in the informal settlement did not catch fire.

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