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East Jakarta hit by two fires in one day

East Jakarta hit by two fires in one day Firetrucks head to South Cipinang Besar in East Jakarta on Saturday to put out a fire that destroyed at least 30 houses. (Kompas.com/Vitorio Mantalean)
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Jakarta   ●   Sun, July 7, 2019 2019-07-07 14:39 674 0290f9de4aeb62f98549b410b503057e 1 City fire-accidents,fire-department,Fire-and-Rescue-Agency,East-Jakarta Free

Two separate fires broke out in a single day in East Jakarta, displacing more than a hundred people and causing millions of rupiah in material losses. No casualties have been reported.

On Jl. Cipinang Raya in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, 146 residents were forced to evacuate due to a fire that engulfed 30 houses on Saturday morning.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

“We are making sure there is enough assistance. We are receiving food from the social affairs agency, disaster mitigation and emergency response unit [Tagana], and the Indonesian Red Cross,” East Jakarta Social Affairs Agency head Purwono said as quoted by kompas.com.

Purwono said health agency officials were on standby and had received clothing donations.

A total of 120 adults, 18 schoolchildren and eight toddlers sought shelter at public school buildings after being displaced by the fire.

Elsewhere, a separate fire broke out on Jl. Delima in Ciracas, East Jakarta, in the evening.

“We received information at 6:23 p.m. The location is close to the Cibubur subdistrict office,” East Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency head Gatot Sulaiman said on Saturday.

According to witnesses, fire sparks were seen near a tree.

A fire then broke out, with strong winds causing it to spread to a house and two cars. No casualties were reported.

“An estimated Rp 750 million (US$ 53,323) was lost in the fire,” Gatot said. (tru)