Fire rips through wooden boat in Indonesia

Smoke rise up from the blaze of traditional fishing boats in Pati, Central Java province, on July 15, 2017, as fire services are struggling to put out the billowing blaze at a riverside port on the northern coast of Java island.
Smoke rise up from the blaze of traditional fishing boats in Pati, Central Java province, on July 15, 2017, as fire services are struggling to put out the billowing blaze at a riverside port on the northern coast of Java island.PHOTO: AFP/NATIONAL DISASTER AGENCY

JAKARTA (AFP) - Three people were injured after 18 wooden fishing boats caught fire in Indonesia Saturday (July 15), a disaster official said.

Fire services were struggling to put out the billowing blaze at a riverside port in Pati on the northern coast of Java island.

"We are still trying to put out the fire so that it doesn't burn more boats," spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said.

Three people were seriously injured in the incident, Nugroho added.

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It is not clear what caused the fire.

Boat accidents are common in Indonesia, a vast network of islands that relies heavily on water transport.

At least five people were killed when a boat carrying nearly 200 people caught fire in east Java in May.