Men charge with arson after Nuku‘alofa blaze guts commercial buildings

Three men have been arrested after a fire at two business buildings at the corner of Nuku’alofa’s Uelingatoni and Lēlue Rds.

Fire damages Teta Tours and Lini Theatres businesses. Photo/Facebook

The accused were Siua Moimoi, 21, from Sia’atoutai, Siupeli Katoa,18, from Ma’ufanga, and Tevita Samita, 21 from Fanga. All three were all remanded in custody.

No one was injured in the blaze on November 12 which destroyed the Teta Tours offices as well as their adjacent property, Loni theatres.

As Kaniva News reported previously a Tonga Police and Fire investigation was underway after Police said the fire was suspicious.

It is understood the police were reviewing CCTV footage before the arrest.

The accused had been variably charged with arson, robbery and wilful damage, reports said.

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