A Nadi businessman lost his two flat property which was vacant in a fire last night.
National Fire Authority (NFA) attended to the fire incident that occurred at Namoli, Nadi yesterday.
The Nadi Fire Station was alerted of the house fire at 11.02 pm and the fire team responded immediately. Upon arrival at the scene at 11.09 pm, the fire team found a two-flat house fully engulfed in flames.
The fire team quickly used one delivery of water from the fire truck to extinguish the fire. The intensity of the fire and windy conditions at the time caused the fire to spread rapidly.
NFA investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire incident.
In another fire incident a family of eight (8) lost everything in a fire on Tuesday, 4th August,2020 at Lot 25 Matanisiga Street, in Makoi.
NFA’s investigation report confirms the fire had resulted from an electrical short circuit in the sitting room.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Puamau Sowane says electrical related fire incidents have been the highest cause of fires so far this year.
“In the first half of 2020, NFA has recorded 24 electrical related fire incidents which makes up to 42% of all fire incidents we have received. This should remind the public to be alert always and ensure that a qualified and licensed electrician is engaged to carry out any electrical related work in homes.
“Electrical fires can be caused by broken or old wires, from wire insulation drying out, loose switches or receptacles and overheating. Home owners should always lookout for these hazards in homes to prevent any electrical related fire incidents he added.
The NFA is advising the public to lookout for warning signs like faulty wiring, flickering lights, breakers that always trip, fuses that blow, a burning smell when you plug in appliances, outlets and switches that spark and discolored wall outlets to prevent mishaps in homes.
“Fire Safety should be everyone’s priority and people should take time out to identify all fire hazards in and around their properties and buildings.
“Identifying fire hazards in homes and properties will help prevent fire incidents and unnecessary damages and loss of properties.
CEO Sowane also reminds all businesses and residential owners that they can engage NFA to conduct compliance checks for early mitigation or prevention of unnecessary damages due to fire.
“We have had requests from stakeholders to conduct compliance checks at their properties and the stakeholders have been very appreciative of the support and services provided by NFA”.
NFA CEO also emphasizes to building owners and business operators to ensure full compliance to the fire safety aspects outlined in the Fiji Building Code, as well as take heed of the fire safety precautions and messages by the National Fire Authority which will assist greatly in early fire mitigation or prevention of unnecessary damages due to fire.
NFA urges the public to first call on the toll free fire emergency number 910 if they see smoke or any fire so that the firefighters are able to reach in the quickest time to save your properties.