I'm not sure how it started. But there are no living quarters left. I noticed it was getting a little hazy around 2pm:
But it was soon apparent that this was no haze:
Plumes of black smoke poured out from the wooden housing
There was soon a large crowd as the flames began to grow
The sound of cracking planks of wood filled the air as waves of intense heat blasted my face
My wife, watching events from the window of our apartment down the road, brought in the clothes
The firemen arrived when the fire was at its highest. I was amazed as they jumped out of the fire engine, grabbed a hose and sprinted right on in towards the fire. Such bravery.
A fireman scrambles for more equipment, as below, a fire hydrant fails to function due to an agonisingly blocked pipe
The one time you need the fire hydrant, and it doesn't work! It's very fortunate there were no people trapped inside
Nothing seemed to work, but back-up soon arrived
The fire fighters eventually got the blaze under control
The final image was taken a couple of hours later when I went to survey the damage:
I feel for the Indonesian workers who once lived here as they worked on a housing project nearby. I hope they will be taken care of.