JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Fire broke out at the Indonesian parliament complex in Senayan, Jakarta on September 29. The flames caused panic among the legislators, but no casualties were reported.
A video from Kompas.com showed a number of workmen putting out the fire at the Nusantara I building. DPR Deputy Chief Sufmi Dasco Ahmad and DPR Secretary General Indra Iskandar confirmed that the fire did occur.
He added that 10 firefighting trucks from the Central Jakarta Fire Brigade were sent to put out the fire.
“The fire originated in a lift designated for the legislators. We saw the fire after white smoke covered the Nusantara I building,” Indra said to Kompas.com.
The fire was caused by a workplace mishap, he said. “A number of workers using welding tools to service the lift did not see a bundle of old cables under the elevator. These then caught fire after sparks from the welding tools fell on them.”
Indra added that the workmen managed to put out the fire before the flames spread.
PT Angkasa Puri Solusi, the contractor which carried out repairs on the lift, admitted responsibility for the mishap.
“I would like to apologize to the DPR Secretary General’s office for causing [the fire], as well as the panic which ensued,” state news agency Antara quoted PT Angkasa Puri Solusi Project General Manager Teuku Agam Saifudin as saying.