Two killed, hundreds of homes razed in Kembangan Utara fire

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An inferno that broke out on Jl. Kembangan Utara, West Jakarta, on Thursday night has left two residents dead, two firefighters injured and razed hundreds of houses.

According to the West Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency command center, one of the fatalities has been identified as Anna, 42, and another woman thought to be in her 70s is as yet unidentified.

Two firefighters suffered burn injuries.

“We believe the fire was caused by a lightning strike on a power cable, which then spread to a house nearby,” the command center said on Friday morning.

According to the agency’s fire prevention and rescue unit head, Rompis Romlih, an area of some 3,000 square meters was burned down.

“About 450 families have been left homeless,” he said on Friday according to

Twenty-five fire trucks were deployed to extinguish the blaze.

The fire disrupted services on the Duri – Tangerang commuter line from 6:45 p.m. until 9:12 p.m. on Thursday.

The water supply was also cut during the incident, private water operator PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) said. 

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