Mother’s Day Plans Ruined
The National Fire Authority is investigating and has not determined the cause of the fire
Ahouse fire ruined Mother’s Day plans for a family of seven in Navosai, Nasinu yesterday morning. The four-bedroom, double-storey concrete house belongs to Marika Matabalei, 62, a retired school teacher. A weeping Mrs Matabalei said they were at her sister’s house for a Mother’s Day breakfast feast, and were to have lunch and dinner at her house and some surprise Mother’s Day plans from her children. “My heart fell when my niece, Kalolaini, told me that she saw flames coming out of my house and we ran down to save my son, Toni, who was asleep when we left,” she said. The family believes the fire may have started from the kitchen because they were cooking a pot of yams using firewood. However, the National Fire Authority is still investigating and has not determined the cause of the fire. The 25-year-old and his cousin Karalai Marama, 14, were asleep at the time of the incident. No one was injured or killed from the fire. Mr Matabalei said the strong smell of burning wood woke him up. “When I got up, I looked outside from my room and saw the huge fire in the kitchen. I knew I would not be able to manage the fire so I ran over to my cousin who was sleepy in the second room and took her out of the house,” Toni said.
Ms Matabalei’s niece, Kalolaini Vakatalei, 17, saw the fire from the neighbour’s house and also ran to her parents to alert them. “When I saw the flames coming out of the house from the back where the kitchen is, I was shocked and quickly ran down to inform my family and we went to save my cousin who was still sleeping inside the house,” Kalolaini said. Ms Matabalei and her family are now sheltering at her sister’s house in Narere.
What’s left of the Matabalei family house in Navosai, Nasinu.