Fire to PSA House being Investigated as Suspected Arson

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Translated from FaaSamoa. President of the Public Service Association has expressed sadness over what she believes is a deliberate act that caused a fire to the old PSA House near Savalalo in Apia.

 

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority were quick to respond and managed to save the old building structure which neighbors say had become a place for youth to gather and drink in the weekends.

File photo: President and Executive Members of PSA, Nov 2021.

However PSA President Lealaisalanoa Karamellie Tuala said the association had plans for renovating the building and are saddened by the state of the PSA House after the fire..

“Peitai, o le tulai mai o le malaia, o se tulaga mataga ma lē manaia, ae maise o le maualuga o le talitonuga na susunu e se isi lenei fale.”

Fire Commissioner, Tanuvasa Petone Mauga, has confirmed the fire was started deliberately.

“Someone did start the fire and because this is mostly a wooden structure, the fire was able to spread quickly.”

Police Commissioner. Auapaau Logoitino Filipo, says individuals have been brought in for questioning in relation to the suspected arson, however, no arrests have yet been made.

Auapaau says neighbours have told them they often hear loud music and partying at the PSA House..

“It is a common spot for youth to party and neighbors say there was also a gathering there on Friday night, before the fire on Saturday morning.”

The President of the PSA says they will leave the matter and the person who has done this, before God.

“O le a tuu i luma o Le Atua lē na ia faatupuina le malaia.”