Fire in Jakarta slum destroys 100 homes

A man dousing himself with water during a fire in a slum area next to railway tracks in Kampung Muka, Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, yesterday. According to local media, the fire destroyed about 100 wooden dwellings built along a busy railway line. A
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A man dousing himself with water during a fire in a slum area next to railway tracks in Kampung Muka, Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, yesterday.

According to local media, the fire destroyed about 100 wooden dwellings built along a busy railway line.

An official at the Jakarta Fire Brigade Command Centre said that the fire occurred at around 10.20am local time. "Thirty fire trucks have been deployed to the scene from North Jakarta, West Jakarta and Central Jakarta.

The fire is believed to have originated from a resident's home," the official said, as quoted by Antara News.

The Traffic Monitoring Centre of the Metro Jaya Police reported via its Twitter account that trains serving the Jakarta-Kampung Bandan route would be delayed because of the fire.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2016, with the headline 'Fire in Jakarta slum destroys 100 homes'. Print Edition | Subscribe