Horror for Bali vacationers after the popular Bintang supermarket caught fire in flames
- One of the most popular shopping places in Bali has been destroyed overnight.
- Scary images show huge flames that wrap around the Bingtang supermarket
- Seminyak supermarket is a favorite for Australian tourists in Bali.
- Several small businesses around the store were also devastated by the great fire.
One of the most beloved shopping places in Bali in Australia has caught fire after being engulfed by flames during the night.
The Bintang supermarket in Seminyak was the victim of the terrible fire around 3 am on Thursday, while tourists and horrified locals watched.
Known for its vertiginous variety of bargain-priced products, it had become a firm favorite for tens of thousands of Australian tourists flocking to Bali.
The Bintang supermarket (pictured) caught fire around 3 am Thursday, to the horror of locals and tourists alike.
It is understood that no one was injured in the fire and since then it has been turned off, but the supermarket has been destroyed.
“It was quite difficult since everything was closed and we arrived late to the scene, so the fire grew a lot,” local fire chief Wayan Wirya told the Balinese Tribun newspaper.
“The roof was perforated, so we shot the water from above, but if we could open the doors from the beginning, we could have been able to control the fire.”
The images show the huge burning flames in the early hours of the morning while firefighters desperately tried to contain the flames.
The fire started in the back of the supermarket, authorities said, and also burned several nearby businesses.
The Bingtang supermarket in Seminyak (pictured before the fire) is popular with tourists who stock the comforts of home.
The locals and tourists could do nothing but look at the great fire that surrounded the Bintang supermarket in Seminyak (pictured)
“Among them, a pharmacy, a cell phone counter, the post office, the cassette store, the photo studio, the accessory store, the clothing store, the Seminyak restaurant and cafeteria, the cafeteria and the main warehouse of several stores are gone, “said Wirya.
The fire burned a total of 340 square meters.
Terrified tourists turned to social networks to express their concern for the locals.
“He feels so sad for small business owners that destroy stores that join the supermarket,” one woman wrote.
“Very sad, not only for us but for all workers,” added another.
Another said: “One of the best and most favorite supermarkets in Bali disappeared. Bintang Supermarket on fire! How sad to see it!
The locals stand and watch while the popular supermarket Bintang in Seminyak succumbs to a terror fire
The locals observe how firefighters rushed to the scene to try to save the Bintang supermarket from the flames (pictured)
The firemen in Seminyak desperately tried to contain the fire (pictured) that also burned several small businesses
It occurs a few days after Australia claimed its title as the main source of tourism for Bali for the first time since China won the crown in 2017.
Official figures to be published this week reveal a record 1.23 million Australians who traveled to Bali in 2019, an increase of 5.4 percent over the previous year.
The figures were published by Indonesia Institute Inc, based in Perth, which have been working closely with the Bali tourism board for the past six years.
The president of the Indonesian Institute, Ross Taylor, told the Daily Mail that Australia could correspond to “people trying to escape forest fires.”
The picturesque beaches of Bali (pictured) are just one of the many things that attract thousands of Australians there every year.