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Bounty Cruise Fuel Depot Burns

Despite Poor Response from Emergency Response Team, No Injuries Reported in Fire that Destroyed Fuel Stocks for Bounty Cruise Operation.

(2/9/2009) Radar Bali reports that a fire that caused hundreds of millions of Rupiahs in damage destroyed the fuel depot of Bounty Cruises in Bali's Benoa harbor. The mid-day fire on Friday, February 6, 2009, was fueled by 5 tons of diesel fuel and 300 liters of premium gasoline.

The fire and a subsequent explosion raised the alarm among people working at the port but efforts to extinguish the fire were thwarted when a Benoa-based fire truck could not respond because, according to Radar Bali, its driver was unable to come to the port. Fortunately, local elements and Bounty employees working a bucket brigade with tap and ocean water were able to eventually tame the blaze.

The owner of Bounty Cruise, who is also the Chairman of the Bali Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), I Gde Wiratha, was critical of the condition at the port, complaining about the status of fire hydrants and the late response of fire fighting crews. Later, adopting a more reflective tone, Wiratha said, "maybe this represents a lesson for us."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No injuries were reported in connection with the fire.