Six small kiosk units on Jalan Tenggiri, Tanjungsengkuang, Batuampar District, Batam, were engulfed by the red rooster, Friday (1/31) last night. Six fire trucks from Pemko Batam and BP Batam and five water canon vehicles from the Barelang Police and Riau Islands Police were deployed to extinguish the fire.
“Initially we got telephone information from residents around 19.15. Information was given about a fire at a stall selling second hand goods, “said Batuampar Police Chief, Kompol Reza Morandy Tarigan last night.
The six small kiosks are semi-permanent buildings that sell used goods. The officers managed to deal with the red rooster around 21:00 WIB.
Even though there were no fatalities, it was certain that a number of used goods belonging to traders also went up in flames. “There were no victims, because at the time of the incident residents were still creative. Used items come on fire, if the estimated losses cannot be estimated yet because we will conduct an examination of the victims, “he said.
As for the cause of the fire, Reza has not been able to conclude it and will conduct a deeper investigation of witnesses and victims at the scene. “Later the results of its development will be reported to us. While from the information from residents, the fire originated from a kiosk in the middle position, “he explained.
Meanwhile, information from residents around the fire originated from the explosion of an electric scooter battery that exploded to flammable items. The wind was strong enough to make the fire quickly enlarged to scorch the other buildings.
“The information was that there was an electric scooter that used to explode when charging batteries. Until then the big one like this, “said one resident who was reluctant to say his name.