No casualties in Surabaya retail icon fire

THE JAKARTA POST/ANN – A fire broke out at Tunjungan Plaza, a shopping complex on Jalan Embong Malang in Surabaya, East Java, in one of the worst incidents in recent history. retail icon.

Command center Surabaya 112, the city’s emergency response department, said it deployed a joint response unit involving personnel from the Surabaya Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the The Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), fire department and local police at reception reports that a fire broke out in one of the six shopping malls in the square on Wednesday evening.

Some 28 fire engines were deployed to the scene at 5:30 p.m. along with other first responders from BPBD Surabaya, Basarnas and local police, the center posted on its Instagram account.

The fire was extinguished around 6 p.m. before spreading to nearby buildings, although black smoke from the blaze hung over the area and did not dissipate until a few hours later.

Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi, who rushed to the compound after hearing reports of the fire, said emergency personnel found no injured or fatal victims.

Smoke and flames fill building 5 of the Tunjungan Plaza shopping complex. PHOTO: THE STAR

“Fortunately, there were no (victims) when I went there. The response was very quick.

The management (of Tunjungan Plaza) immediately ordered the evacuation of visitors and the security guards directed them,” Eri said Wednesday at Tunjungan Plaza 5, quoted by Kompas.com.

“Let’s hope there are no casualties inside (the building).” Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire, which Eri said initially started on the fifth floor of Place 5 and then spread to lower levels, with upper levels largely intact.

However, the emergency command center said the fire was more likely to have started from a refrigeration unit on the 10th floor which had shorted out.

Property management company PT Pakuwon Jati, marketing director Sutandi Purnomosidi, echoed the suspicion at a press conference on Thursday, saying the fire may have been caused by an air conditioning unit outside the cinema of the building on the 10th floor.

Surabaya Police Chief Senior Commissioner Yusep Gunawan said earlier that forensic personnel were still investigating the cause of the fire.

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