Family laments loss

A family at Fagali’i is trying to come to terms with the loss of their personal belongings and valuable items in a fire Wednesday evening that partially burnt their two-storey house.

Sala Seutatia Aveau Tusiga, a family member, couldn’t hold back tears as she spoke to the Samoa Observer of the experience of seeing their home burnt.

“It’s such a horrifying and scaring experience for my family but we’re maintaining faith in God for he is the answer,” she said. 

“Up there at that second floor, our personal belongings including clothes have all demolished.”

Sala Seutatia, a music composer, said they also lost their original songs, which is heartbreaking. 

“The toughest part for us is losing our songs – we’ve lost all of them. Songs for churches and services, all gone, but we still put our faith in God and I’m still grateful that I’m alive and strong to write new songs.”

A well-known music composer in Samoa and a judge for Samoa Star Search Competition in past years, Sala said they are still in the process of clearing the charred remains of their burnt personal properties. 

An investigation by the Fire Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A) into the blaze is ongoing. The Samoa Observer contacted the authority yesterday and were advised that the CEO will release a report later today.


CLARIFICATION: A story about the fire in yesterday’s Samoa Observer said: Eyewitnesses told this newspaper that the prompt action of FESA also saved a recently opened fuel station from the blaze. It needs to be clarified that the fuel station is still under construction and is not open. There is also no fuel there.

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