Fire at Indonesian ammunition depot extinguished, military says

JAKARTA: Firefighters have managed to extinguish a blaze that levelled an ammunition warehouse just outside the Indonesian capital after a series of explosions, an officer said on Sunday (Mar 31).

The first explosion was heard at around 6pm (7pm, Singapore time) on Saturday at a depot used to store expired ammo inside a military complex near Jakarta.

Twenty-seven fire trucks were deployed to the location and firefighters managed to douse the blaze by 3.45am  on Sunday.

“We can confirm the fire has been put out, but we are still conducting the cooling down process at the moment to anticipate the possibility of other fire spots,” Jakarta city military chief Mohamad Hasan said during a televised press conference.

“Praise God, there have been no fatalities until now,” he said.

Authorities had evacuated nearby residents to safer areas as the fire tore through the storage facility but most people have since returned home, according to Hasan.

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