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World Horror for Bali holidaymakers after popular Bintang Supermarket burns to the ground in horror blaze

09:30  16 january  2020
09:30  16 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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One of Australian's most beloved Bali shopping spots has burnt to the ground after becoming engulfed by flames overnight.

The Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak fell victim to the terrifying blaze at around 3am on Thursday, as horrified tourists and locals looked on.

Known for its dizzying array of products at bargain prices, it had become a firm favourite for the tens of thousands of Australian holidaymakers who flock to Bali.

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a store front at night: The Bintang Supermarket (pictured) caught fire around 3am on Thursday much to the horror of locals and tourists alike© Provided by Daily Mail The Bintang Supermarket (pictured) caught fire around 3am on Thursday much to the horror of locals and tourists alike

It is understood that no one was hurt in the fire and it has since been put out, but the supermarket has been destroyed.

'It was quite difficult as everything was locked and we were late to the scene, so the fire grew really big,' local fire chief Wayan Wirya told the Balinese Tribun newspaper.

'The roof was perforated so we shot the water from above, but if we were able to open the doors from the beginning we might have been able to control the fire.'

Pictures show the huge blazing burning in the early hours of the morning as fire crews desperately tried to contain the flames.

The fire started at the back of the supermarket, officials said, and also burned several nearby businesses.

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When she saw the smoke plume hovering over Paradise 10 miles to the northeast, the place she had called home until 2008, it crystallized. They hold power because they’re a clear demarcation line of before and after the fire that basically wiped the 27,000-person town off the map.

After that they became much more cautious about vehicle traffic during dust storms. Sometimes keeping the entry line stopped for hours at a time. Despite daily calls to the hospital, checking to see if the mother had been released, the mother was released and no one at Burning Man was informed.

a sign above a store: The Bingtang Supermarket in Seminyak (pictured before the fire) is popular with tourists stocking up on home comforts© Provided by Daily Mail The Bingtang Supermarket in Seminyak (pictured before the fire) is popular with tourists stocking up on home comforts a group of people walking down the street: Locals and touists could do nothing but watch at the huge fire engulfed the Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak (pictured)© Provided by Daily Mail Locals and touists could do nothing but watch at the huge fire engulfed the Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak (pictured)

'Among them a pharmacy, a cellphone counter, the post office, cassette shop, photo studio, accessories shop, clothing store, Seminyak restaurant and cafe, coffee shop and the main warehouse for several shops has gone,' Mr Wirya said.

The fire burned a total of 340 square meters.

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'Feel so sad for the small business owners who’s shops that join the supermarket are destroyed,' one woman wrote.

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'So sad, not just for us but for all the workers,' another added.

Another said: 'One of Bali’s best and most favourite supermarkets gone. Bintang Supermarket up in flames! So sad to watch!'

It comes just days after Australia reclaimed its title as Bali's number one source of tourism for the first time since China took the crown in 2017.

Official figures to be released this week reveal a record 1.23 million Australians traveled to Bali in 2019, a 5.4 per cent increase from the previous year.

The figures were released by the Perth-based Indonesia Institute Inc who have been working closely with the Bali tourism board for the past six years.

Indonesia Institute President Ross Taylor told the Daily Mail Australia said that could possibly correspond with 'people trying to escape the bushfires.'

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