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Indonesian police to investigate huge blaze at attorney general's office

Indonesian police to investigate huge blaze at attorney general's office

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at an Attorney General's building in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

JAKARTA: Indonesian police will investigate a massive blaze that ravaged the attorney general’s office building in Jakarta on Saturday night (Aug 22), the capital city's police spokesman Yusri Yunus said.

Images from the scene showed flames engulfing multiple floors of the six-storey building in south Jakarta after 7pm on Saturday, with the Jakarta fire department dispatching 65 fire engines and more than 200 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

“The fire is still cooling down. When that is finished the national police forensic laboratory will begin their investigation,” Yunus told Reuters on Sunday.

Firefighters stand on a crane as they spray water to extinguish fire at the Attorney's General office in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
Firefighters stand on a crane as they spray water to extinguish fire at the Attorney's General office in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesian authorities said that no one was injured in the blaze. The incident sparked concern among Indonesian social media users, with some speculating the fire may have been linked to high-profile investigations that were underway.

Hari Setiyono, spokesman for the attorney general’s office (AGO), declined to speculate on the cause of the fire, saying the AGO’s case files were safe as they were stored in a separate area untouched by the fire.

Source: Reuters/jt

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