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Tongan leader's house wrecked by fire

April 23, 2015 6:00 pm

Authorities say the residence of the Prime Minister of Tonga has been rendered uninhabitable by a fire.

e fire service was called to the house which ’Akilisi Pohiva shares with his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

The Prime Minister and his wife are currently in Auckland, where Mrs Pohiva has been receiving medical care, but Mr Pohiva is due to return this weekend.

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The Tonga Fire Commissioner Lofia Heimuli says the house will have to be demolished.

“When the fire was completely out everything inside the house was already affected. More than 90% of the contents were affected. Part of it is luckily smoke damage but most of it’s affected by flames. It cannot be used for living anymore.”

Lofia Heimuli says a cause for the fire has not yet been established.

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