Police are investigating the exact cause of fire that burned down 59 rooms of Jambuluwuk Oceano Hotel in Gili Trawangan Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province on Saturday night.
“This morning the identification unit of the North Lombok District Police conducted a case reconstruction in the scene,” Chief of the North Lombok District Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner I Wayan Sudarmanta said in a written statement here on Sunday .
Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno are among main tourist destinations in West Nusa Tenggara and are well known among foreign tourists.
He said an eyewitness who stayed in the room number 175 told the front office that he saw fire in the room number 179. Upon receiving the information, the hotel’s technician checked the room and found the fire.
The technician later asked the local office of state-owned electricity firm PLN to cut electrical current to the hotel. The hotel staff with the help of local residents tried to put out the blaze using the available means. The blaze which broke out at around 7 p.m. could be extinguished at around 10 p.m.
“Because the wind blew strongly and the roof of the building was made of coarse grass the fire spread quickly to other buildings. In total, 59 rooms were burned down,” he said.
The fire forced the evacuation of tourists staying at the hotel to a safer place in order to avoid eventualities.
There was no immediate report of injuries or casualties. (ANT)