On Thursday, a mother and daughter lost their lives trying desperately to rescue their 11 dogs from a West Jakarta fire which burned through 33,000 square feet of structures leaving 450 families homeless.
According to the Jakarta Post, Ah Pong, 70, and her daughter Jok Nam, 40, ignored the calls of police to leave their homes as the inferno moved closer. The women rushed back into the house where the dogs had been trapped. Two other family members were rescued, but many of the dogs perished.
“They wanted to save their dogs. I tried to help them escape the fire but I failed, as the fire was too close,” a neighbor stated.
The neighbor jumped off the balcony of the victims’ home to safety. Even firemen were not able to save the women despite multiple efforts. At least 25 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene. No reason has been given as to the cause of the fire.
Rest in peace.
(Jakarta fire destruction photo via screenshot Warta Kota/Angga Bhagya Nugraha)
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