The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 02/01/2009 6:26 PM
Forty-seven fires broke out across the city in January, claiming 11 lives and causing Rp 10.6 billion in property damages, the city fire department said Sunday.
“Seventy percent of the total fires occurred in residential areas, while 30 percent were at high-rises,” said the head of the department, Paimin Napitupulu.
West Jakarta saw the most fires with 15 cases, followed by South Jakarta, Central Jakarta and North Jakarta with 10, 9 and 8 cases respectively. East Jakarta only saw five cases.
“Most of the fires were caused by short circuits,” he told beritajakarta.com.
Last year, the department recorded 819 fires, killing 14 and causing Rp 228.6 billion in losses.
Paimin warned building managements, especially those of high-rises, to comply with fire safety standards.
“Currently, out of the 1,100 high-rises throughout the city, 10 to 15 percent have failed to equip themselves with proper fire safety systems,” he said.
“In mid-February, I will summon the owners of buildings that have substandard fire safety systems.
“We will impose stern penalties on them .”