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​Negligence caused HB fire: Report

“The fire may have started through carelessness or accidentally,” acting Chief of Fire Service, Bill Roo, stated this during a media conference this morning.

He told the media that based on witness statements and findings, fire investigators have identified where the fire started.

However, conclusively they could not say what exactly started the fire because most of the evidence were completely destroyed due to the intensity of the fire.

​HB fire report set for release

In a recent conversation with the Fire Service department, acting Chief of Fire, Bill Roo, apologised for the delay, saying it was all for good reason.

He adds that after being briefed by the lead investigators, he is now able to release the full report.

Meanwhile, the Hanuabada fire appeal has been receiving overwhelming support from general public, business houses and corporate companies in the National Capital District.

Organising committee representative, Lohia Boe Samuel, confirmed that K730,000 has been raised so far for the appeal.

​PNG Fire Service inks deal with Qld

The acting Chief Fire Officer for the PNG Fire Services, Bill Roo, in a recent trip to Sydney to attend the Australasia Fire Authorities Conference, on the 4th to the 7th, signed the MoU with the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services acting Commissioner, Michael Wassing.

The deal was inked by both parties on 5th September 2017.

Roo said this was done in preparation to deliver a safe APEC 2018.

​HB fire report complete

However, the Chief of Fire is yet to be briefed on the findings report.

Chief of Fire, Bill Roo, told Loop PNG that he had just returned from a meet for fire service abroad yesterday and will have to meet with his lead investigators before releasing the report to the public.

Roo apologised for the delay, adding that he will call for a media conference to release the findings by the end of this week.

Meanwhile, rehabilitation into the burnt houses at Hanuabada village has begun with a total of K730,000 raised so far since the start of donations in August.

HB Fire: Fire report completed

Fire service lead investigator, Gabriel Paulus told Loop PNG that a full investigation has been done and completed.

However, Paulus said the full report will be released by the Chief of Fire Service, Bill Roo by this afternoon or tomorrow the latest.

He explains that he would not release any findings until unless the Chief of Fire has been briefed and releases details thereafter.

Meantime, Chief of Fire, Bill Roo upon being contacted confirmed this, saying he will release investigative findings after he has been briefed by his lead investigator.

HB Fire: Area of origin established, interviews continue

PNG Fire Service Chief, Bill Roo says that investigators have gone over the initial fire site and have a rough estimate of where the fire started.

He says that for now investigators are handing out interview sheets and carrying out site inspections in and around the fire sites.

Roo says that for now the residents will be interviewed to establish a timeline of events leading up to the fire and after.

He would not disclose the initial cause of fire stating only that this has yet to be established as investigations continue.

Investigations into HB fire underway

Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo confirmed engaging officers only yesterday to start the probe.

“The buildings were all burnt down, which means all evidence have been destroyed. But we have established where the fire started,” said Roo.

“It started in one house and then spread to the others. So what we rely on now is the information from occupants of the house where the fire started and then we’ll work around what we gather.”

To identify the cause of fire, the victims of the fire and witnesses have to be interviewed and a timeline of events established.

​Ignorance led to child’s death: Fire service

The Port Moresby residential building, which was once a shop, caught on fire on Sunday, 4th June, 2017, sometime after 2pm.

Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Operations, Patrick Russell, was dismayed that despite PNG Fire Service’s continuous fire awareness campaign programs, there are people still continuing to be indifferent about fire safety.

VIDEO: Boroko fires now a police matter

That's according to the PNG Fire Service.

The first fire that broke out on the 23rd of March at the Food Bar was an accident in the kitchen while fires at Papindo and Johnson's Pharmacy were ruled as an act of arson. 

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​Arsonists restarted Boroko fire: Report

The investigative report was released this morning at the Fire Service Headquarters in Port Moresby.

Acting Chief Fire Officer, Bill Roo, together with investigating officer, Inspector Passingan Token, released the report revealing that the fires involving Papindo and Johnson’s Pharmacy buildings happened at about the same time.

However, they were unrelated to the Gutpla kaibar that went up in flames the previous afternoon (March 23).