An early morning blaze on Monday, August 18, 2008, destroyed the Kuta landmark Hulu Café on Jalan Sahadewa.
Hulu Café is well known to Bali visitors for musical programs starring transvestite and drag show cabaret performers offered on almost a nightly basis.
Local authorities report that the fire began at 10:30 am was responded to by 10 fire trucks who worked ferociously to successfully contain the blaze to a single building in an area of tightly packed business structures.
The Denpost quoted local firefighters as complaining bitterly that their efforts to put out the fire were frustrated by non-functioning fire hydrants located at the Rama Garden and Casa Padma hotels. Despite these problems, firemen were able to bring the fire under control one hour after their arrival at the location.
Police and fire authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
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