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By ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
A Narere couple is thanking God for saving their handicapped son who was trapped inside their burning home yesterday.
The 14-year-old who is also mentally challenged was rescued by his neighbour.
The fire at Omkar Road razed to the ground the four-bedroom house.
House owner, Daven Singh, 38, a security officer and his wife were both at work while their sons, aged 13 and 14, were at home when the incident happened.
Mr Singh said his handicapped son was alone at home while his younger brother went to the shop when the fire started.
“A neighbour was alerted when the fire happened. The neighbour realised that our son was still inside the house so he ran in to get him out.
“We were not able to save our belongings when the flames engulfed our home and now we have to start from scratch.”
The Singh family is seeking help from members of the public to assist them with any kind of donation that would help in the rebuilding their lives.
According to the National Fire Authority, firefighters responded to an emergency call at 10.35am.
However, when they got to the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
The firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to other houses.
This brings the number of structural fire to 36 compared to 29 for the same period last year.
Investigations to determine the cause of the fire is currently underway.
NFA’ s chief executive officer , John O’Connor, urged the public to always check that all fire ignition sources are put out completely before leaving their homes to avoid risk of fires.