Family homeless after house fire

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A FAMILY of four is now homeless after their three-bedroom house was destroyed in a fire on Friday.

Howard Prasad was attending a wedding in Suva when a neighbour informed him about the unfortunate incident at 10.30pm last Friday.

“I had invested thousands of dollars into building this home for my children and I after my wife died,” the 83-year-old said.

“Now we are homeless and we are hoping that people will help us rebuild because we only managed to save the clothes we were wearing that night.

“I was a rice farmer in Labasa for decades, then we moved to Lautoka before coming here to build our family home.”

He said his family refused to let him see the home on the day of the fire fearing he could have some medical complications.

Mr Prasad is now seeking assistance from members of the public to help rebuild their home.

“I really don’t know what else to do because I’ve lost everything in the fire. We are just awaiting a report from the National Fire Authority.”

Meanwhile, the NFA has confirmed that an investigation was in progress to determine the cause of the fire.

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