The Jakarta Post
An elderly woman has been killed in a house fire in North Meruya subdistrict, West Jakarta, while other fires destroyed dozens of houses in the East Jakarta districts of Penggilingan and Rawa Terate on Thursday.
"Yes, there is a victim. A woman," said West Jakarta Fire Department operation head Rompis Romlih, as quoted by tribunnews.com on Friday.
The 65-year-old woman, who has been identified as Gebi, was reportedly asleep when the fire broke out at around 10 p.m. in her house on Thursday. According to firefighters, the victim woke immediately and fled to the bathroom, where they discovered her body.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Rompis said another house fire occurred almost at the same time in Tambora, but was extinguished.
Earlier in the same day, a separate fire razed three houses in Penggilingan subdistrict of East Jakarta's Cakung district, causing damages of Rp 462 million (US$32,518). Firecrackers were believed to be the cause of the blaze.
Another fire razed 12 houses in Rawa Terate subdistrict, also in Cakung district, resulting in losses of up to Rp 1 billion. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (jun/das)