The Jakarta Post
In a double blow to the Lippo Group on Tuesday, its flagship property, Lippo Karawaci, in Tangerang regency, Banten, was flooded after heavy rain fell in the afternoon, while its commercial property, Pejaten Village, in South Jakarta caught fire later that evening.
The floodwaters, up to 50 centimeters deep according to tribunnews.com, brought traffic to a halt in the area.
"This is bad luck, this is unusual, the floodwaters were quite high. Usually, it never floods here," motorcyclist Gozali, whose bike’s engine seized up after he was caught in the flood, said as quoted by tribunnews.com.
At around 9 p.m., Pejaten Village, which is managed by publicly listed PT Lippo Karawaci, caught fire. About 20 fire trucks were on the scene. At around 9:30 p.m., the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) posted a tweet on its account, @BPBDJakarta, that the fire had been extinguished and that firefighters had evacuated all the customers.
The Jakarta Police also posted a video on its Twitter account, @TMCPoldaMetro, that showed customers exiting the mall.
21.55 Situasi terkini Kebakaran di Mall Pejaten vilage pic.twitter.com/dckakoP8z7
— TMC Polda Metro Jaya (@TMCPoldaMetro) November 13, 2018
A security officer, Dede, told The Jakarta Post that smoke was first detected on the third floor. He said by 10 p.m., all the customers had been evacuated, adding that there were no casualties. (evi)