Office of the Regulator burnt down by fire
The Office of the Regulator at Mulinu’u caught fire at around 12pm on Thursday with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) dispatching four fire engines with firefighters.
Over 20 firefighters went to the scene with their fire engines to put out the blaze, which also destroyed three to four vehicles which were parked within the compound, just meters away from a large satellite dish which is one of six on the premises.
The burning vehicles triggered loud explosions which were heard around the Mulinu'u and the town area.
The fire attracted a large crowd of people with a contingent of police officers arriving on the scene to keep them at bay, as the firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.
One eyewitness, who did not identify himself, told Samoa Observer that he witnessed the fire starting at around 12pm and grew bigger to get out of control by the time the F.E.S.A. officers arrived.
He said the Office of the Regulator staff were able to make their way out of the compound safely before the fire engulfed the whole building.
Another eyewitness said they did not notice the fire until the smoke started rising into the sky.
TV1 staff, who also work in the same compound but are housed in a different building, were also able to make their way out of the premises.
The fire was brought under control by the F.E.S.A. officers around 1.45pm (local time).