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Fire kills 7-year-old boy, injures two in West Kalimantan

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 14, 2018   /   12:05 pm
Fire kills 7-year-old boy, injures two in West Kalimantan A water-bombing helicopter is deployed by the West Kalimantan administration in this undated photograph. The water-bombing operation is part of the province's measure to anticipate wildland and forest fires during the coming dry season. (Courtesy of the West Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency/File)

A 7-year-old boy was killed when a blaze on Sunday consumed the field hut on his family's farm in Nanga Tikan village, Melawi regency, West Kalimantan.

The Melawi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said on Monday that a wildfire broke out and burned down the hut that Vito, his brother Rio, 12, and father Adong, 65, were in.

The two surviving victims suffered severe burns and were taken to Citra Husada Hospital in Nanga Pinoh, Melawi. Vito died from his injuries while Rio and Adong remain in critical condition.

Melawi Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Ahmad Fadlin said that he had sent a team to conduct an on-site investigation. He suspected that the fire was started by Vito’s family, but could not confirm his suspicion, as no witnesses were present at the time of the incident.

The Melawi Police have instructed local residents to avoid using the slash-and-burn method to prevent wildfires and forest fires.  

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded 2,130 hot spots in West Kalimantan from Aug. 3 to 13. (ris)