In­done­sia boats catch fire:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Three peo­ple were in­jured af­ter 18 wooden fish­ing boats caught fire in In­done­sia Satur­day, a dis­as­ter of­fi­cial said.

Fire ser­vices were strug­gling to put out the bil­low­ing blaze at a river­side port in Pati on the north­ern coast of Java is­land.

“We are still try­ing to put out the fire so that it doesn’t burn more boats,” spokesman for the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency, Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho, said.

Three peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured in the in­ci­dent, Nu­groho added. It is not clear what caused the fire. Boat ac­ci­dents are com­mon in In­done­sia, a vast net­work of is­lands that re­lies heav­ily on wa­ter trans­port.

At least five peo­ple were killed when a boat car­ry­ing nearly 200 peo­ple caught fire in east Java in May.

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