Fire Fighters Swift Response Saves $52m SNPF Plaza

Firefighters arrived within 2 minutes of the call, and responded swiftly to avert disaster to the $52 million tala SNPF plaza building located at the heart of Apia.

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The Samoa National Provident Fund (SNPF) Plaza has been closed to the public today after a fire broke out on Monday night.

Samoa’s Fire and Emergency Services Authority firefighters managed to contain the fire, saving the $52 million tala SNPF plaza building located at the heart of Apia

FESA response teams received a call at 7.51pm on Monday night and arrived on-site within two minutes of the call at 7.53pm.

The response team identified the ground floor of Frankie Supermarket to have been where the fire had started.

File photo: FESA Commissioner Tanuvasa Petone Mauga at a gas station fire in Leifiifi.

“The whole ground floor was covered with thick dark smoke and accumulated toxic vapor,” said Samoa’s Fire Commissioner, Tanuvasa Petone Mauga.

“Firefighters broke through the glass at the front entrance and conducted offensive attack within the area with breathing apparatus.”

The fire was contained and brought under control within approximately one hour, said Tanuvasa.

“The FESA response was supported by the usual coordination and cooperation of Police, Electric Power Corporation and Samoa Water Authority,” added the Fire Commissioner.

The SNPF building manager and management of tenant businesses and government entities were also present at the site, grateful that a possible costly disaster had been

Companies and government enterprises housed at the SNPF Plaza had announced closure due to fire investigations being conducted this morning.

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Digicel Samoa, Fiji Airways, Frankie Supermarket, DMC, the Ministry of Public Enterprises as well as a host of other retail outlets are all housed at the SNPF Plaza.

The plaza which lifted the landscape of scenery in Apia opened in 2012, with the announcement that it was a $52 million tala investment in a building project with 10,000m² retail and office commercial development.

The building also features a large cyclone resistant sail spanning between the two buildings of the complex providing shade and rain shelter for the central walkway
area.

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