FIRE: Girl, 6, Wanted to be a Nurse

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - NICOLETTE CHAM­BERS nicolette.cham­bers@fi­ Edited Ranoba Baoa

Asix-year-old girl who dreamed of be­com­ing a nurse died with her fa­ther in a morn­ing fire at their home in Tei­damu, Lautoka, yes­ter­day.

Dead are Eve­lyn Ish­wari Devi and her fa­ther, Ronil Chand, 37, a taxi driver.

Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said an emer­gency call was re­ceived at the West­ern Di­vi­sion Com­mand Cen­tre at the time of the in­ci­dent. The Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity re­sponded to the emer­gency.

Ms Naisoro said in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

Eve­lyn’s pa­ter­nal grand­mother, Mad­hvi Pillay, told of how her grand­daugh­ter’s last words would haunt her.

“She said to me, ‘don’t worry paati, I will come back’,” a dis­traught Ms Pillay said.

Eve­lyn’s mother is said to have suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate at the same home three years ago, she added. “I got the call around 5.45am my sis­ter called and re­layed the news to me.

“She (Eve­lyn) was my pet. I looked after her when she was only a three-year-old.

“When the school closed, she wanted to spend time with her grand­par­ents from her mother’s side but be­fore she left she said ‘when school starts I will come back, don’t worry’.”

The fam­ily will wait for the post­mortem re­sults be­fore con­firm­ing the funeral date.

Mr Chand’s fa­ther, Mannu Pillay, said Eve­lyn al­ways spent time with her fa­ther when he was on a day off and she al­ways looked for­ward to that qual­ity time.

Killed in fire: Ronil Chand and his daugh­ter, Eve­lyn Ish­wari Devi.

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