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Tree falls on restaurant, killing chef

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    The Jakarta Post

Depok   /   Tue, April 2, 2019   /   12:59 pm
Tree falls on restaurant, killing chef Officials from the Sukmajaya Police and Fire and Rescue Agency in Depok, West Java, work to cut up a tree that fell on a restaurant. The incident killed one chef and injured five workers. (kompas.com/Cynthia Lova)

Heavy rain in Depok, West Java, on Monday afternoon uprooted a tree that fell on the Pondok Gurame restaurant, killing a senior chef and injuring five workers.

The victim, identified as Ade Susi Hartanti, 35, was a chef who had been working at the restaurant for 10 years.

Sukmajaya Police chief Comr. IGN Bronet Ranapati said the incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. after heavy downpour and strong winds hit Depok.

“They were inside the restaurant building. Suddenly, strong winds blew [and uprooted the tree] which fell upon the restaurant building,” Bronet explained as quoted by kompas.com.

According to a witness, Adi Sumantri, 25, they were all working in the kitchen preparing customers' orders when suddenly a loud crack was heard.

Bronet said Ade died on the spot as a result of the impact from the falling tree.

The victims were evacuated an hour after the incident, Bronet added.

In the evening, some firemen worked to cut up the tree in pieces and clear up the area. At least two buildings in the restaurant area were damaged. (vla/iwa)