AMERICA SAMOA FIRE DEATHS PROBED

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 25, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Officials have launched an investigation into the deaths of three people found in the ruins of a burned out building in the capital, Pago Pago.

The two-story building was destroyed in the blaze, which occurred early yesterday.

The head of the Criminal Investigation Division of American Samoa's Department of Public Safety, Captain Va‘a Sunia, said the bodies have not yet been identified but they are believed to be those of a Chinese couple and their three-month-old child.

Captain Sunia said an investigation into the fire and the deaths is pending.

The fire was reported by security personnel from the Samoa Packing tuna cannery, which is located across the street from the destroyed two-story building.

It's the first fatal fire in the American Samoa capital in almost 20 years.

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