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Fire rips through Bali port

Indonesian workers try to extinguish a fire on fishing boats at the Benoa harbour in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali
Indonesian workers try to extinguish a fire on fishing boats at the Benoa harbour in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali
Image: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

A massive fire laid waste to dozens of boats at a Bali port on Monday as firefighters battled to bring the dramatic blaze under control.

The fire started after midnight on the Indonesian holiday island and quickly engulfed nearly 40 vessels.

“So far there are no casualties,” Bali police spokesperson Hengky Widjaja said.

Images from the Benoa port, which sits next to the popular tourist hub of Kuta, showed flames shooting into the night sky and huge plumes of black smoke.

Firefighters were still trying to put out the blaze by midmorning.

Crew member Supriyanto, who goes by one name, said he had been asleep on his vessel when he awoke to see the upper part of the boat on fire.

The blaze quickly spread to nearby vessels, including small cargo ships, he said.

Several witnesses said they suspected the fire was started by an electrical malfunction, but authorities said they were still investigating the cause.

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