Rarawai Fire Razes $150,000 Home, Leaves Four Home­less

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ABa fire on Fri­day has left a fam­ily home­less af­ter their $150,000 fully fur­nished four-bed­room home was razed to the ground.

The fam­ily con­sists of house owner Deo Singh, 65, his wife, their son and daugh­ter-in-law. They were all away when their house caught fire. Mr Singh’s other three chil­dren, two sons and a daugh­ter are all mar­ried and liv­ing away from Rarawai. Their fam­ily home was a con­crete and partly tim­ber and cor­ru­gated iron struc­tured house. A dis­traught Mr Singh a re­tired car­pen­ter said an­other neigh­bor had alerted them about the fire at about 12.30pm Fri­day.

“I was not at home but at our neigh­bour’s place about three houses from my house. That neigh­bour then called the fire author­ity,” a teary Mr Singh said.

“We are just for­tu­nate that no one was at home be­cause if that was the case it would have been worse,” he added.

“My son and his wife were at a rel­a­tive’s house in our cane farm­ing com­mu­nity.”

Mr Singh said that years of hard work had gone down the drain. “I am just sad­dened by this, we have lost ev­ery­thing, our house was fully fur­nished and we as a fam­ily have worked hard to build our fam­ily home, now all our hard earned pos­ses­sions and years of hard work to build this four-bed­room home are gone,” he said.

His rel­a­tives have taken them in be­fore they would start re­build­ing their lives again.

“At the mo­ment we will stay at my younger brother’s house be­fore we start build­ing our house again, I don’t even know where to start,” he said.

But he said that he would not give up be­cause he be­lieves in God. “I know there is God and he will help us re­cover from this tragic in­ci­dent.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Fire Author­ity, they had re­ceived a fire emer­gency call at around 12.45pm.

Upon ar­rival at 1pm, fire­fight­ers saw the con­crete and party tim­ber and cor­ru­gate iron struc­ture house fully en­gulfed in flames.

The fire team also man­aged to save three other nearby houses in the cane farm­ing com­mu­nity from the blaze.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

What’s left of the four-bed­room home in Ba.

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