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Jakarta Post

Hundreds in Pasar Baru lose homes to fire

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 27 2009   /  01:21 pm

JAKARTA: Hundreds of residents lost their homes after a fire tore through a dense residential area in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, burning down 130 houses. The Central Jakarta Fire Agency sent 26 fire trucks to extinguish the inferno at Kelinci alleyway, Pasar Baru Timur Dalam. An official at the agency, Zainal Abidin, said it took three and a half hours to put the fire out. The fire agency received the report at 9:30 p.m. Central Jakarta Police do not know what caused the fire. The exact value of the losses sustained had not been determined, but residents estimated it to be hundreds of millions of rupiah. Last year, Central Jakarta saw 108 fires, down from 129 in 2007. However, the financial losses sustained in 2008 increased almost threefold, from Rp 24 billion in 2007 to Rp 61 billion. -JP ...