Plea For Help From House Fire Survivors

I was grateful to be given this place to stay but now what I used to call my home has been destroyed
19 May 2022 12:21
Plea For Help From House Fire Survivors
Nakasi HART residents, Nirmala Devi, 50, with daughter Anishma Lata, 25, after their HART was damaged in a fire on May 18, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A mother of two is pleading with the public for assistance in providing a roof over her mentally challenged daughter.

Nirmala Devi who once called Nakasi Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART) her home for the past 11 years is among the seven individuals who are now homeless after they lost all their belongings in a fire incident on Monday.

These seven individuals are from three different families who resided in that building containing four flats.

The 50-year-old could not hold back her tears when she recalled the incident that burnt down her home.

“My husband walked out on us in 2006 and I had no other place where I could stay with my children so I applied for a space in this HART,” she said.

“I was grateful to be given this place to stay but now what I used to call my home has been destroyed.

“I only think about how it would have been if I opened the door of my home and saw everything there like it was before the incident.”

Ms Devi said she was still trying to come to terms on how fast she lost everything.

“I have worked as a housemaid all these years to raise my children and buy furniture and electrical appliances for my home,” she said.

“The other families who have lost their home and belongings are in a similar situation like me, we do not know how we will build our lives once again.”

Ms Devi said she was at work when the fire started on Monday afternoon at around 4pm.

“My 25-year-old mentally challenged daughter was in her flat and another 63-year-old man was in his flat when the fire started, ”she said.

“My daughter was sleeping when she noticed smoke in the house and somehow managed to run out of the house.

“She still cannot overcome what has happened and I am very concerned about her.”

Two of the families have currently taken shelter at the hart’s hall while another family which includes a mother and her 15-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son is residing with their relative.

They are pleading with the public for any assistance that might help rebuild their lives.

Media officer for National Fire Authority, Anishma Prasad said there was no update yet on the incident and investigations were ongoing.



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