Fire in Apia last night burned a building to the ground


First responders led by Firefighters had to battle the winds to kill the fire that spread through a building at the heart of Apia last night. 

The Fire Emergency Services focused on the building that was on fire and adjoining buildings to prevent the fire from escalating. The massive blaze started close to 8 p.m. at the building behind Sunrise Restaurant. Due to quick actions by firefighters, they were able to save the church nearby. 

This is the second fire in a matter of weeks; as reported recently, Mariahs Pharmacy caught on fire and had to be closed down due to the damage.

Electric Power Corporation staff were in town to kill the electricity, with Samoa Water Authority on standby to ensure water was flowing to assist the firemen in their work.

The Ministry of Police and Prisons Officers were also at the scene to remove bystanders from getting close to where the fire was, but people who were recording the live said despite being 10 feet away, they could feel the heat from the fire. 

Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo told Radio Polynesia this morning that the damage is significant and that no one was injured or died from the massive blaze. Efforts to get comments from Fire Commissioner Tanuvasa Petone Mauga were unsuccessful as of press time, but he was seen at the fire assisting the firefighters. 

According to Auapa’au the entire firefighters team were at the scene and depicts how big the fire was at the heart of Apia.