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Nuku’alofa – July 27, 4.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga Fire Service is continuing its investigations into a house fire in Nuku’alofa early this morning, after two people were confirmed to have died as a result.

Three are still admitted at the Vaiola Hospital, reportedly stable now, while two others are fine.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Sinamoni Kauvaka confirmed the deaths earlier today and said their work is still continuing.

He said they received a report of a house on fire just after midnight this morning.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, but what we do know is that it started from the back.”

The old wooden building was one of the oldest in the central business district and is close to the Friends Cafe and the Langa F Ramona Moala and family was one of the oldest timber villas in the CBD, and in the same area as Friends Cafe and Langa Fonua.

The D/Fire Commissioner said no other details were released. “Our investigation continues,” he said.

Meanwhile, widespread condolences have been extended online to the Nuku‘alofa family for the loss of their loved ones.

The names of the deceased have not yet been released.

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