Jakarta, IO – Firefighters extinguished a fire when a fire broke out at the National Museum in Jakarta, Saturday (16/9), around 8pm WIB.
Smoke could still be seen billowing from one section where the roof collapsed. A police line tape has also been set up behind Building A.
The fire burnt six rooms in Building A, causing the museum to be temporarily closed to the public. According to police officers on duty, the department is still investigating the cause of the fire. However, it is suspected that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit during the renovation.
Meanwhile, according to the Education and Culture Ministry’s Museums and Cultural Heritage acting head, the remaining collections and other artifacts are not damaged, including the ones recently repatriated from the Netherlands because they were stored in other rooms far from the fire.
(IO – Faisal Ramadhan & Septo Kun Wijaya)