FIRE DESTROYS FALES AT APIA HOTEL

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Guest rooms not affected by the blaze

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 17, 2009) – Iconic fales at the Tanoa Tusitala hotel in Samoa have been destroyed in a fire.

The hotel in Apia had been closed for renovations after being taken over earlier this year by Fiji’s YP Reddy Group.

It was due to re-open in November.

Police and the fire service are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

[The cause of the fire is under investigation.]

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the fales at the hotel, which for years had been important meeting places in Apia, had been considered icons in Samoa.

The guest rooms at the hotel were not greatly affected by the blaze.

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