Fire guts Indonesia President Jokowi's furniture factory in Java

A fire broke out in a furniture factory owned by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on April 19, 2016.
A fire broke out in a furniture factory owned by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on April 19, 2016.PHOTO: JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Fire destroyed parts of a furniture factory owned by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Kalijambe Industrial Zone in Sragen regency, Central Java, on Tuesday (April 19).

The fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon at around 4.30pm. Several witnesses said the fire broke out from a wood-drying oven.

No casualties were reported.

"The fire was first seen on the roof of the oven room and then it quickly spread to other sides of the factory. Workers panicked and they tried to put out the fire with fire extinguishers but the fire was too big," said witness Agus Santoso.

Security officers at the factory asked everybody to evacuate and called in the fire department. More than 10 fire trucks were deployed to extinguish the fire.

Surakarta Police also deployed a water cannon car to help extinguish the fire as the fire trucks were initially overwhelmed by the spread of the fire.

As of Wednesday, two out of five buildings at the factory have been damaged.

Sragen Police chief Ari Wibowo said once the fire was under control, the police would conduct an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident.

Before joining politics and becoming mayor of Surakarta, Jokowi ran a successful business making and exporting furniture.