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Heritage Museum Razed by Fire in Indonesia

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Updated: 11:59 GMT, Jan 16, 2018 | Published: 11:57 GMT, Jan 16, 2018 |
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A heritage maritime museum was engulfed in flames on Tuesday (January 16) in Jakarta capital of Indonesia, damaging the museum’s collection of sea-faring history and artifacts in the archipelago.

Footage recorded by local residents showed a raging fire spreading across a wide area of the building and thick black smoke billowing out of the burning structure.

The fire department reported that there were no casualties, while employees and visitors were evacuated according to local reports. The fire department said an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, as 21 fire trucks were called on to extinguish the blaze.

The museum is situated in the former Dutch East India Company warehouses, which were built in 1652 during the Dutch colonisation period.

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