22 Jun 2002

Laufou Shopping Center fire in American Samoa described as accidental

8:31 am on 22 June 2002

An investigation into a fire at American Samoa's biggest shopping center has concluded that it was accidental and due to an electrical fault.

The blaze destroyed the Laufou Shopping Center two months ago, affecting more than ten businesses and temporarily displacing about 150 workers.

The investigators failed to find any evidence to suggest that the fire was the result of a crime.