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Silently Burning

Nyepi Day Fires at Baliís Mambal Market

(4/6/2014) As Nyepi dawned – Bali’s mandatory day of silence greeted a sunrise on March 31, 2014 and fires that caused substantial damage to a deserted local traditional market in Bali.

The fire occurred at the Mambal Market in Abiansemal.

In a show of respect for the day of silence and the fact the roads were largely empty of all traffic at the time of the fire, the five emergency vehicles dispatched to the scene did not sound their sirens.

The Regional Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) in Badung confirms there was no loss of life or injuries resulting from the fire.

News reports state there were two fires. The first at 5:30 am destroyed a local food stall (warung). Another fire at 7:15 am affected the second floor of the market.

The fire that took an hour to extinguish the fires that destroyed 15 small shops and is believed to have started from burning incenses that were part of a ritual offering left by a shop owner as the Nyepi period of devotion got underway.