Man, 58, dies in house fire, investigation continues

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The house that caught fire and claimed a the life of man in Newtown , Nasinu on Saturday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Tragedy struck a family in Balabala Crescent, in Newtown at around midday on Saturday when a bedridden man was killed in a house fire.

The wooden and concrete house started from a burnt newspaper used by the son of the 58-year-old victim who tried to remove a beehive from the ceiling.

According to witnesses, the victim had locked the door of his room and could not be rescued on time.

Divisional Police Commander South (DPC/S) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Wate Vocevoce said, the intensity of the fire made it difficult to evacuate the deceased.

He said a joint investigation was in progress between the National Fire Authority (NFA) and police.