Makoi Fire De­stroys Fam­ily Home

‘My dad gave the house to me. I don’t know how to call my fa­ther and tell him that the house he built was de­stroyed’

Fiji Sun - - NATION - WATI TALEBULA Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: wati.talebula@fi­ The blaze that de­stroyed Atrun Nisha’s house in Makoi.

Ahouse con­tain­ing two flats was de­stroyed in a fire at Makoi on Tues­day night.

Owner, Atrun Nisha, was speech­less when she got out of her ve­hi­cle yes­ter­day and saw the house she was brought up in was de­stroyed by the fire.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Matanisiga Street af­ter 6pm. The 60-year-old lived in Nadi af­ter she re­mar­ried two years ago and left the house for her daugh­ter. “I could not hold back my tears when I was called and told that the house I was raised in was de­stroyed,” Ms Nisha said.

“I have a lot of mem­o­ries here. As the el­dest in the fam­ily my dad gave the house to me.

“I don’t know how to call my fa­ther and tell him that the house he built was de­stroyed in the fire.”

Ms Nisha said her daugh­ter was on her way to get an elec­tri­cian when the house caught fire.

“My daugh­ter told me that she could smell some­thing burn­ing so she switched off the main power and drove with two of her chil­dren to get an elec­tri­cian,” she said.

“I am happy that no one was in­jured and that she took her chil­dren with her.

“My daugh­ter and her fam­ily lived in the front flat that had three bed­rooms and the flat at the back which had two bed­rooms was for rent.

“I hope that peo­ple will help me re­build my house,” she said.

Her neigh­bour, Li­tia

Mafili Katai­tini, said: “At around 6.25pm we saw that smoke was com­ing out of the house and we called the Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity.

“We tried to break the lock to find out if there was any­one in­side, but luck­ily no one was.

“This is the first time there is a fire in our street and it is a wakeup call for us.”

Ques­tions sent to the Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity re­mained unan­swered by the time this edi­tion went to press.

Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

Atrun Nisha, 60, (left), and Jas­meen on Au­gust 4, 2020 in front of Ms Nisha’s fam­ily home which was de­stroyed by a fire at Makoi on Tues­day.

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