Jakarta. More than 200 firefighters are still working hard to extinguish the fire that broke out at one of Jakarta's oldest markets Pasar Senen on Thursday morning (19/01), as heavy winds and limited supply of water make it difficult to put out the flames.
As of 6.30 p.m., at least 70 firetrucks have been deployed to the site.
Jakarta's acting governor, Sumarsono, said that more than 1,000 shops were burnt down in the market's block 1 and 2 on Jalan Stasiun Senen, next to the bus terminal.
"I will inspect Jakarta's markets to prevent such incidents from happening in other places," Sumarsono said at the Jakarta City Hall.
According to him, the fire that started at 4.30 a.m. was most likely caused by faulty electrical work.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Police have sent more than 500 officers to help evacuate and safeguard the market stalls.