Fire Engulfs Major Jakarta Mosque; Police Suspect Renovation Gone Wrong
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The North Jakarta Metro Police on Wednesday immediately initiated an inquiry on the fiery blaze that engulfed the dome of the Jakarta Islamic Center Mosque. The local police chief adj. Commissioner Slamet Wibisono Yanto explained that investigators believe the fire was caused by sparks during a renovation process for the mosque’s roof.
"Starting from four witnesses as workers from PT Dwi Agung Sentosa Pratama who were renovating the roof of the mosque's dome,” Yanto’s statement read on October 19.
The renovation used plywood and when the workers wanted to install the roof of the dome of the mosque, the police explained, they melted the membrane or rolled asphalt to attach the roofing material using a fire tool.
Police investigators suspect that the spark from the burner hit the glass wool roofing material and eventually caused the fire. He elaborated that the workers tried to put out the fire using the fire extinguisher, but it quickly grew too large and burned the dome until it collapsed.
Nine firefighter trucks were mobilized to put out the fire. Financial losses due to the blaze remain uncalculated.
M FAIZ ZAKI
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