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120 displaced by fire in Kemayoran

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 26, 2018   /   09:46 am
120 displaced by fire in Kemayoran A fire razes a house in Kebon Kosong, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. No casualties were reported. (kompas.com/Ryana Aryadita)

Over 100 people lost their homes in a fire that gutted 40 houses in neighborhood unit (RT) 006, community unit (RW) 06 of Kebon Kosong, Kemayoran,  Central Jakarta, on Tuesday afternoon.

“According to current data, 120 [lost their homes], including 15 toddlers and 20 schoolchildren,” Kebon Kosong subdistrict head Syamsul Maarief said on Tuesday, kompas.com reported.

No casualties were reported in the incident.

Syamsul said the victims were evacuated to the Harapan Kita School for the Disabled (SLB), located near the affected houses.

He said the local social affairs agency had also prepared supplies for the displaced residents in the form of food and tents.

“We're afraid about it raining here, so they need tents. The evacuation point is in front of the SLB,” Syamsul said.

He added that his office was currently inventorying the needs of the displaced people, such as blankets and school uniforms.

The fire was allegedly caused by a short circuit from one of the houses in the area.

Twenty-five fire engines were rushed to the site to put out the fire. (ami)