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Hundreds seek shelter as fires destroy houses in West Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 5, 2019   /   02:55 pm
Hundreds seek shelter as fires destroy houses in West Jakarta Fire razes six houses in Cipinang Muara, East Jakarta on Dec. 18, 2018. (kompas.com/Ryana Aryadita)

Two West Jakarta fires destroyed 40 makeshift houses in Jelambar and dozens of others in Tambora, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes.

West Jakarta Fire and Rescue official Rompis Romlih said 92 families were affected by the Jelambar fire that started just before midnight on Friday. 

“The 40 houses were makeshift and adjacent to one another,” he said on Saturday as reported by kompas.com.

The cause of the fire was suspected to be a cookstove in one of the houses. As many as 34 firetrucks were deployed to put out the blaze.

Meanwhile, fire also destroyed dozens of houses on Jl. Tambora III on Thursday afternoon, which forced hundreds if residents to move to temporary shelters erected near the area.

The fire gutted houses in three neighborhood units (RT), namely RT 4, RT 5 and RT 7.

"A total of 36 houses, 29 rented houses, and 74 families comprising 408 people were affected  by the fire," Rompis told tempo.co on Friday.

The West Jakarta fire and rescue agency received a report about the fire at 4:24 p.m. on Thursday. Thirty-one firetrucks were deployed to the scene. No fatalities were reported.

Tambora Police chief Comr. Iver Son Manossoh said a witness alleged that the fire started in one of the houses owned by a rice seller.

Tambora Police crimes unit head Adj. Comr. Supriyayin added that the fire was apparently sparked by a short circuit in one of the rented houses. (ars)