The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) is looking for two key people in connection with the fire at the Samoa Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC) at Saleufi on Thursday.
The substantial building has been virtually destroyed by the fire which lit up the sky in the early hours of the morning.
Assistant Fire Commissioner Fa’afouina Mupo said the two people are the caller who rang FESA and the theologian student who alerted Pastor Tupou about the fire.
“We need them to help with our investigations into what caused the fire,” he said.
Investigation officers have already questioned Pastor Tupou Teo who was in the building at the time of the fire.
Mr Mupo said the Pastor had estimated the financial losses to be worth millions.
“That cannot be confirmed until the head of the church who lives overseas arrives and that is expected to be sometime tonight, I believe.”
He said he understands from Pastor Tupou that the building was in fact insured, “but again that is not 100 per cent.”
“Full and confirmed details can only be obtained from the head of the church.”
Mr Mupo “We understand both are members of the church but it has been cleared up from other sources that the caller was not a taxi driver.
The caller however has yet to be located and contacted for a comment “but we have his number and will follow up soon.”
Meanwhile the Authority is still waiting on the theologian student for an available time to make a statement regarding the incident.
“This is the aoao (theologian student) who woke the Pastor up about the fire and he is attending a church programme at the moment.”
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