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Faulty air conditioning unit triggers smoke at MHCC

December 11, 2018 8:31 am
The MHCC fire

The MHCC fire that started yesterday evening in Suva came from an air conditioning system motor that had overheated and caught fire.

This was revealed by the National Fire Authority .

In a statement, NFA says with the assistance of the MHCC technical staff, the fire team quickly established the origin of the incident, located in a unit in the car park area on Level 1.

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NFA Chief Executive, Manasa Lesuma says the fire triggered the fire sprinkler system installed in that room, which quickly snuffed out the fire before it could cause any further damage.

He says the smoke created during the course of the incident escaped through the centralized air conditioning system vents- triggering off the fire alarm at the Suva Fire Station Control Room.

Lesuma highlights that the building’s fire protection system was effectively activated during the incident and prevented what could have been a major disaster.

Meanwhile, the Authority says at 7.15pm yesterday, the Suva Fire Station was alerted through its Fire Monitoring Alarm system and immediately responded.

Upon arrival at 7.19pm, the team saw heavy smoke emitting from the ground floor of the building.

NFA will be conducting further investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

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