NFA: Owners allegedly set own homes on fire; Police investigate

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Fijian Police are now investigating two incidents of house fires where it is alleged that the owners of those homes set it alight themselves.

In one incident, a man believed to have been drunk allegedly set fire to their home after an argument with his father, and leaving 16 people homeless as a result.

The alleged incident occurred early yesterday morning at Tomanu Road in Nadera, Nasinu.

National Fire Authority chief Puamau Sowane said their team from the Valelevu station was immediately deployed after they received the 910 emergency call at 8.26am.

He said upon arrival at the scene, the team found the first flat of the two-flat house was fully engulfed in flames.

“The firefighters quickly established one delivery of water from the fire truck to extinguish the fire and managed to save the second flat from being destroyed,” Mr Sowane said.

“It is understood that the son of the owner of the house was drunk and had set fire to the house after arguments with his father. Sixteen family members have been affected and left homeless after the fire incident.

And in the other incident, a lean-to corrugated iron and timber house was destroyed at Edinburgh Drive in Suva on Saturday, December 4.

Mr Sowane said the Suva Fire Station received the report at 6.58pm, and upon arrival at the scene at 7.02 pm, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

“It is understood the owner of the house had set fire to the house and fled the scene. Four family members occupied the house and no injuries were reported during the fire incident.”

Police are continuing their investigations into both incidents.

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