National Fire Authority (NFA) is investigating into the fire incident that occurred at Statham Street in Fletcher Road, Vatuwaqa on Sunday 26th July.
The Suva Fire Station was alerted of the house fire at 12.54 pm and responded immediately. Upon arrival at the scene at 1.02 pm, the fire team found a 3 bedroom- house well involved in fire.
The NFA had received the fire emergency call from a third party which delayed the message being relayed to NFA.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Puamau Sowane says it is imperative that members of the public are aware of our fire emergency toll free number and contact NFA on time to allow the firefighters to respond in the quickest time.
“We continue reminding the general public about the Fire and Rescue emergency number which is not 911 but 910. We remind all the members of the public to call 910 as soon as they see smoke or any fire. If we receive the emergency calls late, we will not be able to reach the fire scene on time and save your properties. Irrespective, whether you are the property owner or a bystander in a fire scene, you have a responsibility to alert NFA by dialing our toll free number 910.
“We also urge the general public to be very cautious around their homes and properties and ensure that their properties are fire safe.
CEO Sowane reminds the public that NFA is empowered by the law to recover its cost for providing firefighting services from the public if their property is not insured. This should remind the public to take extra precautions so that they do not incur unnecessary costs.
“If we all take responsibility of fire safety in our homes and buildings; we will not have to bare this unnecessary damages and loss of our properties,” he added.
In another fire incident, a family lost their three- bedroom house in a fire incident on Friday 24th at Viwawa Road in Navua.
At 5.01 pm, the Navua Fire Station was alerted of the house fire and the team responded immediately. Upon arrival at the scene, the fire crew found a three-bedroom corrugated iron house on fire. The fire crew quickly used one delivery of water from the fire truck to extinguish the fire.
It is believed the house was vacant at the time of the fire.
NFA is investigating to determine the cause of both fire incidents.