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6 people homeless after two house fires

The National Fire Authority (NFA) attended to the house fire incidents in Ba and Rakiraki which left six people homeless last night. In a press statement from the NFA stated that at 10:40 pm last night the NFA Ba station received a fire emergency call from Vatulaulau in Ba and immediately responded to the fire call. Upon […]

Staff Writers

March 11, 2016 4:11 pm

The National Fire Authority (NFA) attended to the house fire incidents in Ba and Rakiraki which left six people homeless last night.

In a press statement from the NFA stated that at 10:40 pm last night the NFA Ba station received a fire emergency call from Vatulaulau in Ba and immediately responded to the fire call.

Upon arrival at 10:45 pm, the fire team saw the house fully engulfed in flames.

The fire team used water from the fire trucks to extinguish the fire and stopped the fire from spreading to the two houses in this area. The three bedroom corrugated iron and timber structured house was destroyed by the fire. The family were at home when the fire happened and they were able to get out of the house safely.

While the Ba Fire Team were extinguishing the house fire, the NFA Rakiraki fire team responded to another house fire at Vitawa Village in Rakiraki.

Rakiraki Fire Station received a fire call at 10:55 pm and upon arrival at 11: 00 pm, the fire team saw the house fully engulfed. The fire team used water from the fire trucks to extinguish the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby house which was few metres away.

The concrete structure house was destroyed by the fire. The family were able to get out of the house safely.

Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Qionilau Moceitai said homeowners need to know the importance of fire safety at home.

Whilst most part of the country are without electricity, it is also very important for home owners to be more vigilant when using candles, prayer diyas, mosquito coils, etc as such fire ignition sources can easily start a fire.

Police Spokesperson,  Inspector Josaia Weicavu said that police are working with the NFA to investigate the cause of fires at both locations.

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