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Fire Destroys Central Market in Bangli, Bali

104 Shops Destroyed by Fire at Kidul Market, Bangli, Bali

(9/16/2012) The Kidul Market in Bangli, northwest Bali, was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, September 9, 2012.

The fire, which started at 2:30 pm, destroyed 104 shops, threatening both the livelihoods of the shop owners and the distribution network that drives a large part of the Bangli economy.

According to Nusa Bali, three traders were injured in the fire and taken to hospital.

In the end, the six fire trucks that rushed to the scene spent more than 6 hours trying to bring under control a fire fed by the merchandise packed tightly into each of the shops.

While the authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, preliminary suspicions are that the fire started when a small gas cooker exploded in a ground floor shop.

Two fire trucks initially responded to the fire from Bangli. The fire was fully engaged and raging out of control prompting requests for assistance from four additional fire units from Gianyar, Klungkung and Denpasar. Efforts to extinguish the fire were complicated by a lack of water, causing the trucks to ferry back and forth between the location of the fire and local water reserves.

The regent of Bangli, Made Gianyar, has set up an open area as a temporary market near the Bangli Bus Terminal to allow traders displaced by the fire to continue their businesses.