Police officer’s house at Games Village goes up in smoke

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The National,Friday July 1st, 2016

A SENIOR police officer’s house was razed at the Games Village in Port Moresby yesterday.
Internal Affairs Senior Inspector Charles Winuan, told The National that the flames were fanned by winds and spread rapidly.
Those in the house fled for their lives before the house was completely damaged.
Winuan said he was attending a meeting at the Boroko police station when he received a phone call from a relative and then a colleague informing him of the fire.
“I called my children. My elder sister Esther told me that she was in the bathroom when the house caught on fire,” he said.
“So she rushed out naked. I asked her if she had saved some of my personal belongings in the house and she said everything went up in flames.
“What she briefly told me was that the fire started from my son’s bedroom and because it was windy, the house was completely burnt down.”
Winuan said he lost his files and properties worth thousands of kina.
He said he moved into the house in 1991.
Witness Fabian Jangi said the fire started at around noon.
He said attempts to put out the flames were futile as the winds fanned it.
Superintendent John Gare from the Gerehu Fire Service said the call reached them between 12.30pm and 1pm.
“By the time they arrived at the scene, the house was already engulfed in flames, so they just tried to prevent the fire from spreading to other houses,” he said.
“I am not sure about the cause of the fire but an investigation team will be set up to look into it.”