JAKARTA - A big fire that started yesterday afternoon and was only put out in the early days of this morning destroyed at least five shops in the Pasar Baru (or Passer Baroe as the old Dutch name is still used here) district in North Jakarta. The fire was hard to extinguish, so 28 fire trucks were sent to the location to combat the fire. According to a spokesperson of the city's Fire Department, the fire was said to have started around five in the afternoon.
The fire could spread fast because emergency exits and stairs are normally blocked with goods for sale. Because the fire broke out in a heavily populated area it was hard for the fire crews to get to the location quickly. A strong wind helped with the spread of the fire as well. There were no people injured in this fire, but toxic smoke from textiles told in the many shops were released in the fire.