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11 people homeless after fire destroys home in Lautoka

A family of 11 people are being left homeless after a fire destroyed a lean-to house at Field 40 in Lautoka this morning. At 9.27am, the National Fire Authority (NFA) Lautoka received a fire emergency call and immediately responded to the fire call. Upon arrival 7 minutes later at 9.34am, the Fire Team saw the […]

Peni Shute and Ashutosh Singh

March 10, 2016 3:00 pm

A family of 11 people are being left homeless after a fire destroyed a lean-to house at Field 40 in Lautoka this morning.

At 9.27am, the National Fire Authority (NFA) Lautoka received a fire emergency call and immediately responded to the fire call. Upon arrival 7 minutes later at 9.34am, the Fire Team saw the corrugated iron and timber structured house fully engulfed in flames.

A house engulfed in fire in Field 40, Lautoka. Source: Mustaib Khan / Facebook.
A house engulfed in fire in Field 40, Lautoka. Source: Mustaib Khan / Facebook.

Two fire trucks and seven firefighters from the Lautoka Fire Station were engaged to extinguish the fire.

The family was at home at the time of the fire and they were able to get out of the house safely. The Fire Team extinguished the fire and stopped it from spreading to the other nearby homes in the area.

NFA investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Chief Fire Officer, Mr.Qionilau Moceitai advises home owners to be mindful of fire safety at home.

It is very important for home owners to be mindful of fire safety at home since we all use fire ignition sources at home. The use of Electricity, cooking appliances, candles, prayer diyas, mosquito coils, etc can cause a major fire at home. NFA advises home owners to be more vigilant at home to avoid a fire from happening. Fire safety checks should also be conducted at home by the home owners to address any fire safety issues at home.

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