ACS Fire: Fire spread very fast, says handyman

The charred remains of the single unit dormitory at ACS. Picture: ROHIT DEO

“KAMA, Kama!”

Those were the words echoing around Adi Cakobau School in Sawani this morning, according to school caretaker Ilaisa Koroi.

The 57-year old, originally from Lomaiviti, said that at around 8am today, he was at a gathering at the school when he heard students shouting “kama”, which in English means fire.

“We heard students shouting and when we came down, we saw that the dormitory was on fire,” Mr Koroi told Fiji Times Online.

“We could not do anything. It was an old wooden building and the fire spread fast. Within minutes, the whole building was gone,” he said.

According to Mr Koroi, there were 20 students living in the dormitory but none were present inside the building when the fire broke out.

Mr Koroi has been working for the school since 1987 and said this was his first time to see a building on fire at the school.

“I have been here for 33 years. This is the first time I saw the fire today. Everything happened so fast. The building was very old and it was understandable why the fire spread so quickly.”

National Fire Authority CEO Manasa Lesuma said there were no casualties or injuries as a result of the incident.

“The building’s fire was prevented from spreading to other buildings, which could have been a major catastrophe,” Mr Lesuma said.

More in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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