Bali Bintang supermarket in Seminyak destroyed in a night fire

Parts of the Bali Bintang supermarket, a popular den for tourists and locals, have been destroyed after a fire that swept the building in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It was reported that the fire occurred around 2 a.m. and caused considerable damage to the installation.

At this stage, no victims have been reported.

Ross Taylor, president of the Indonesian Institute in Perth, said it was surprising that no injuries were reported.

“If it was going to happen, it would be better to be at 2 in the morning than at 2 in the afternoon when many tourists would undoubtedly go shopping there,” he said.

“At this time of night, firefighters can also easily access the emergency without much traffic,” he added.

The Bintang supermarket in Seminyak is one of the largest and most popular shopping places for tourists and locals, as it stores food, drinks and local products at bargain prices.

Taylor said there were about 9,500 Australian tourists in Bali this week, and many would probably drink the popular Bali Bintang beer.

“People in Bali are extremely innovative, so I am sure that the supply will return to normal soon,” Taylor said of one of the largest Bintang suppliers in Bali.

The fire occurred during record time for the number of Australian tourists on vacation in Bali: the Indonesian Institute reported that 1.23 million Australians visited in 2019, an increase of 5.2% in 2018.


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