National Fire Authority attended to a fire emergency call at Matanikorovatu Road in Makoi this morning that destroyed a two-bedroom home and claimed the life of a 5-year old boy.
At 9:46am, the Valelevu Fire Station was alerted of the house fire and responded immediately.
Upon arrival at the scene the fire team found a small two-bedroom concrete house fully engulfed in flames.
The fire crew quickly used deliveries of water from the fire trucks to quickly extinguish the fire and stopping its spread to nearby houses.
The fire crew managed to extinguish and control the fire but it was very unfortunate the body of a small boy was found at the scene, believed to be one of the occupants of the house.
The house was occupied by a couple and their 5 sons. It is understood the family was asleep in the house when the fire started.
The intensity of the heat woke the family and it was very unfortunate that during the haste to escape, the fourth son was left behind by which time the fire was just too intense for the family to rescue him.
NFA is very saddened by the loss of a life in the fire and greatly sympathizes with the family on their loss.
NFA will work with the Police and conduct its investigations to determine the cause of the fire and circumstances surrounding the fire victim.