Fire in BPOM; Police Question 6 Witnesses

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaCentral Jakarta Metro Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit said it questioned six witnesses over the fire incident at the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) building. The investigation was still afoot.

    “We are also still waiting for the results of the forensic laboratory,” said the police's Criminal Investigation Unit Head, Commissioner Wisnu Wardana, when asked for confirmation on Thursday, July 22.

    The fire broke out in the BPOM building located on Jalan Percetakan Negara, Johar Baru, Central Jakarta, on Sunday night, July 18. It occurred after one of the electrical panels in the building exploded when the electrical maintenance was in progress.

    The fire started at around 21:30 local time. It was first seen blazing on the first floor of the building or in the drugs standardization room.

    Based on the results of a temporary investigation, the fire in the BPOM building was suspected due to a short circuit. The blaze was finally extinguished at 00:42 local time. The loss from this incident was estimated at Rp600 million.

    Read: Fire Engulfs Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency HQ in Jakarta

    M YUSUF MANURUNG