Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has defended the work of firefighters who fought the blaze at the flea market last Saturday.
In doing so, he also put forward other factors which contributed to the fire and the lessons to be learned from these disasters.
“What contributed to the quick spread of the fire was the wind blowing from different directions.
“The wind was strong,” said Tuilaepa, “and most of the things that got burnt were clothing items which means they went up in flames quickly and it was hard to control the fire.
“What the boys did was spray water on the nearby buildings because the fire couldn’t be put out.”
According to the Prime Minister a similar method is used when trying to put out bushfire.
“There is a time when you just can’t put out an extensive fire but you leave it to burn while you focus on one side to make a firebreak so that it stops there.
“There are a lot of lessons to be learned from things that happen.”
In addition, Tuilaepa said another of the reasons why the fire was difficult to put out was because the fire authority was not contacted earlier.
He explained the security guard went looking for the family who owns the food stall where the fire started instead of calling the fire service to attend to the incident.
“I don’t know why he went looking for the stall owner it’s not like they’re going to come and lie on the fire to put it out.
“While he’s trying to find the owner he forgot that the fire was spreading and by the time he contacted the fire service it was too late.”