Sta­tionery, uni­forms burnt in Lau­toka home fire

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At least five chil­dren of Matawalu Vil­lage out­side Lau­toka will not re­turn to school any­time soon. This is af­ter their school uni­forms and sta­tionery were de­stroyed in a fire at their fam­ily home on Satur­day morn­ing.

The fire, which oc­curred around 9.30am, is be­lieved to have started from in­side the twobed­room home.

Cameri Maria, who lives in the home with nine other fam­ily mem­bers, said she was at work at the time of the fire.

“I got the call from my boss around 10am that my home had been burnt down,” said Ms Maria.

“My mum built this home for us sib­lings and our chil­dren; she passed away last year.”

Two fam­i­lies have been oc­cu­py­ing the home for the past two years. In the home, two of the five chil­dren are sec­ondary school stu­dents while three at­tend pri­mary school.

“I heard that ev­ery­one was at home when the fire started; they were sit­ting on the ve­ran­dah when they saw smoke com­ing out from the house,” she said.

“They couldn’t save any­thing from the fire. We did our shop­ping ready for the chil­dren and now it has all been gone.

“Our fam­ily from Gau was also at home and was ex­pected to re­turn to­day (yes­ter­day), but now they will have to wait here for a while.”

Ms Maria added her fam­ily would be stay­ing with rel­a­tives un­til there was an al­ter­na­tive.

“At the mo­ment, we are look­ing out for each other and help­ing each other with food and shel­ter,” she added.

The Na­tional Fire Author­ity stated that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into this were con­tin­u­ing.

Photo: Ni­co­lette Cham­bers

Fam­ily mem­bers stand in front of their home which was de­stroyed in a fire. From left: Sanaila Vo­dre, Saint John Qav­ili, Vani Go­dro hold­ing baby Jo­sua Tuisova and Sak­iusa Liku­veiqali at Matawalu Vil­lage in Lau­toka on July 5, 2020.

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