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Three fam­i­lies have been left home­less af­ter a dou­ble-storey block of flats con­tain­ing five flats was de­stroyed by fi re in the low- cost hous­ing at Vo­tualevu in Nadi yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. One of the house own­ers Ti­moci Tagidrau said he was a sleep when he heard peo­ple scream­ing out­side. “We tried sav­ing a few things from our house and I ran out with two of my fam­ily mem­bers who were also in the house,” Mr Tagidrau said.

“The fire started from the mid­dle flat in the top bed­room and it re­ally spread quickly. Af­ter sav­ing some of our be­long­ings we had to go and help our neigh- bours,” he said.

Mr Tagidrau said he had been liv­ing in that house for over 20 years and had also raised his fam­ily and chil­dren in it. “At the mo­ment we do not know where to go but we will try and as­sem­ble what we have sal­vaged and then we’ll see from there.”

NFA as­sess­ment

Chief fire of­fi­cer Qion­i­lau Mo­ceitai said the Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity re­ceived a fire emer­gency call at 1.42pm and im­me­di­ately re­sponded to the fire call. “Upon ar­rival at 1.54pm, the fire team saw the dou­ble storey flat en­gulfed in flames. The team used de­liv­er­ies of water from the fire trucks to ex­tin­guish the fire.” NFA ad­vises mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to take heed of fire safety ad­vices se­ri­ously.

“The fire also threat­ened ad­ja­cent flats but this was pre­vented as the fire was brought un­der con­trol,” he said. “No one was in­jured. NFA in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire,” Mr Mo­ceitai said. Mean­while, Po­lice spokesper­son Naina Ragi­gia con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

“It is a block flat and three of these flats have been dam­aged by the fire. “There was no in­jury and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing, “she said.

Photo: Li­tia Tiko­mailepanonia

The Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity in Vo­tualevu, Nadi yes­ter­day

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