Cause of fire that destroyed house, vehicles under investigation

Fakatotolo e kau tāmate afi' ki he tupu'anga 'o e vela 'i Kahoua' pea 'oku te'eki fakapapau'i 'a e tupu'anga 'o e vela ko 'eni. Ne 'auha he mōfia' ni 'a e pasi, fale nofo'anga mo e veeni. Maumau'i e palau, kā mo e loli ka ne lava 'o fakahaofi foki ha fale 'e ua. Fakauofua e mole ki he $120,000 .

Tonga firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed a house and vehicles in Kahoua on Sunday 24.

One person had a minor injury when trying to escape from the burning house, Deputy Fire Commissioner Viliami Tu’ihalamaka told Kaniva News.

Tu’ihalamaka estimated 5 percent of a car, 5 percent of a truck and 50 percent of a tractor were also damaged by the blaze.

The fire has caused $120,000 in loss while two big houses were saved with an estimated value of $50,000, he said.

As Kaniva News reported earlier this week, one dwelling house,one bus and an eight-seater new van had been fully destroyed.

The owner of the house, Sela Pale Na’a, told us, the dwelling house which had been destroyed left them with nothing.

The cause of the fire has been deemed “undetermined.”

Tu’ihalamaka said the crews were dispatched to the scene after they received a call reporting the fire at 4.08am.

Tu’ihalamaka said the fire was first reported to Police at 922 before the reporter was told to report it to 999, the number for the Fire and Emergency Services.

He said fire engines and crews had been also dispatched from Longolongo and Lapaha.

He said the person who reported the fire told the 999 dispatcher they were driving passed the scene and seeing the fire has engulfed the property.

Further information:

Tongatapu fire destroys house, bus and a van

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