" Temporary allegation, the cause of the fire is electricity short-circuit. No casualty in the incident and the loss is predicted reaching Rp 45 million"
Fire gutted six business buildings located on Jalan Cipinang Muara 4, RT 01/011, Cipinang Muara, Jatinegara, East , Jakarta, Monday (9/15), around 9.45 AM. There were no casualties reported in the incident and its loss reaches tens of millions rupiah.
Those burned business buildings are electrical pulse counter, grocery stall, welding workshop, duck rice stall, used goods storage, and house.
According to information gathered in the field, fire came out from an electrical pulse stall. Local citizens were immediately trying to put out the flames using available tools. But they failed due to strong wind gusts, causing fire keeps enlarging and burned other buildings.
The incident made people panicked. They also tried to save their valuables to a safer place.
Iman, (50), a local citizen admitted he did not know the cause of fire for sure. The fire suddenly enlarged on the roof of a pulse counter. Luckily, the owner was not at the scene. "Allegedly, fire is triggered by electricity short-electric. We also heard explosion sounds three times from gas tube," he told.
Around an hour, the situation was successfully controlled after 17 fire trucks of East Jakarta Fire and Disaster Handling Sub-Department deployed to the scene. They had difficulties due to narrow access towards the scene.
"Temporary allegation, the cause of the fire is electricity short-circuit. No casualty in the incident and the loss is predicted reaching Rp 45 million," said Head of Operation Section for East Jakarta Fire and Disaster Handling Department, Moleyanto.