Posted on February 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A massive fire erupted in the port of Muara Baru, Jakarta in the afternoon of February the 23rd, destroying over 35 vessels and injuring three people in the process.
The incident occurred at approximately 3:16 pm, on Saturday afternoon.
The origin of the fire was traced back to the vessel Artamina Jaya, that was undergoing maintenance at the time.
The crew of the vessel was performing hot work maintenance on the ship’s foundation when a spark caused an electrical short-circuit that soon turned into a devastating fire.
Shortly after the fire started, the North Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency received a report of the incident and promptly dispatched a rescue team that arrived at the scene four minutes later.
When the fire and rescue team arrived, only three vessels were on fire, but due to strong winds in the area and the relative positioning of the vessels - who were anchored side to side - the flames proceeded to spread rapidly.
Approximately 23 engines were deployed in an effort to combat the fire. They only managed to extinguish the flames at 5:16 am on the following day.
Due to the thick smoke emanating from the blaze, local authorities had to evacuate workers from nearby factories.
Three people were taken to a hospital after inhaling smoke.
Local authorities are questioning eyewitnesses to the event, including the Captain and the crew members of the vessel.
The full extent of the damage is not yet known at this time.