Raging fire erupts in Indonesian shipyard after spark from welder

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Raging fire erupts in Indonesian shipyard after spark from welder



Firefighters fought hard to extinguish a blaze on a shipyard in Indonesia.
Dramatic footage showed as many as 20 ships on fire in Muara Baru Port, in Jakarta.
Authorities said the fire started after sparks from a welder ignited them.

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Flames rise from burning wooden boats (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Firefighters attempt to extinguish burning wooden boats (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Tanjung Priok Police Chief AKPB Reynold EP Hutagalung said: ‘Starting from the Artamina Jaya KM motorboat, where there was welding work on the ship’s foundation, so that the spark caused an electrical short circuit to the electrical mechanics, but we are still being checked again.’
He asked the public to stay away from the area because the fire and thick smoke were dangerous.
Around 23 fire engines were deployed, according to Tribunnews.com.
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An aerial view shows fishing boats burning at Muara Baru Port in Jakarta, Indonesia (Picture: EPA)

Firefighters try to extinguish the fire (Picture: Reuters)Head of North Jakarta Fire and Rescue Service Unit Satriadi Gunawan Gunawan added: ‘We are arranging a strategy for that. For those who have been burned, they are put out, but we focus on moving ships that have not been burned to move.’
Authorities did not confirm if there had been any injuries or deaths.

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