29 Jan 2004

Solomon Islands deputy police commissioner says Honiara fire could easily have spread

4:50 pm on 29 January 2004

The Deputy Police Commissioner in the Solomon Islands says last night's fire in the capital, was one of the worst in Honiara.

The fire gutted three buildings in the central commercial district, including the office of Robert Goh, a former advisor to the Prime Minister.

Ben McDevitt says it looks like the fire started in a popular Chinese Restaurant, called "South Sea", around five-thirty yesterday evening.

He says he's grateful for the collective assistance of RAMSI, the Military, the Police and the fire brigade to contain the fire.

"Yes my understanding is, it's one of the worst fires Honiara city has suffered. It took about three and a half hours to contain this fire, and it was actually quite scary at times, and there was real potential for the fire to spread beyond those three buildings. - but I'm very proud of the efforts of everyone involved."

Ben McDevitt says police are yet to determine the cause of the fire.