Bali’s Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak destroyed in overnight blaze
Parts of Bali’s Bintang Supermarket - a popular haunt for tourists and locals - have been destroyed after a fire engulfed the building in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Its reported the fire occurred at around 2am and has caused extensive damage to the facility.
At this stage, no casualties have been reported.
Ross Taylor, president of the Indonesian Institute in Perth, said it was amazing there have been no reports of injuries.
“If it was going to happen, better to be at 2am than 2pm when undoubtedly a lot of tourists would be shopping there,” he said.
“At this time of night, fire crews can also easily access the emergency without much traffic,” he added.
The Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak is one of the biggest and most popular shopping locations for tourists and locals, stocking food, beverages and local products at bargain prices.
Mr Taylor said there were about 9,500 Australian tourists in Bali this week, with many likely to be drinking Bali’s popular Bintang beer.
“People in Bali are extremely innovative so I’m sure the supply will be back to normal soon,” Taylor said about one of Bali’s biggest Bintang suppliers.
The fire ocurred during a record breaking time for the amount of Australian tourists holidaying in Bali - the Indonesian Institute reported 1.23 million Aussies visited in 2019, which is up 5.2 percent on 2018.
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