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National Housing Commission Estate Tenants Homeless

Tenants living in one of the National Housing Commission Estates in Port Moresby are camping near their burnt complex at Five Mile, after it went up in flames on the evening of the Independence Day.

The tenants, who are mostly public servants, have been living there for more than 20 years.

They have raised concerns to NHC for the lack of renovation to the buildings, which they caused it to burn.

Four days after the complex burnt down, the tenants and their families are still living in makeshift houses and tents.

They were told to camp near the building until they receive the investigation report from the Fire Service Department.

There are four units which housed the four families.

According to one tenant, Pagelo Nanu, who is a Senior Lawyer at the Public Solicitor’s Office, the fire started from one of the shower rooms and then escalated. The fire started at near 7:30pm.

Tenants were shocked to see their unit go up in flames within 15 minutes.

Mothers and children were forced to live outside.

The children could not go to school and their parents could not go to work as their belongings and properties also went down with the house.

The tenants are also concerned about the response from the fire department at the time of the fire.

They claimed they alerted the Fire Service five minutes after the fire started building, but their response was slow.

NHC has never paid any visit to the tenants since the building burnt down.

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