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Jakarta Post

Transportation Ministry official dies in fire during overtime shift

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 9, 2018   /   06:27 pm
Transportation Ministry official dies in fire during overtime shift Smoke billows from the Transportation Ministry building on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta on July 8. (Courtesy of Fire and Rescue Agency/-)

M. Ridwan Ernaldi, a staff member at the Transportation Ministry who was killed during a deadly fire that engulfed the office in the early hours of Sunday, was working overtime when the incident took place, an official has said.

Ministry spokesperson Baitul Ihwan said it was common for workers at the ministry to work overtime on weekends.

“We work 24 hours a day because we monitor all transportation activities, including air, land and train [transportation]. It’s not uncommon to work like that [overtime],” Baitul said at his office in Central Jakarta on Monday.

Ridwan was one of three victims killed in the incident. The two others were Khairul and Santoso, construction workers that were working on the 12th floor of the Karya building.

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Twenty others were rescued from the building and later sent to a hospital to receive medical treatment.

The fire was allegedly caused by a short circuit in a CCTV on the first floor of the building. (fac/wit)