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|Overnight fire and explosion destroys harbour restaurants|
|Wednesday, 03 December 2014|
Article updated: Today is a very sad day for Kalkan.
Five popular harbour side restaurants were destroyed overnight, following a devastating fire. The intensity of the fire is thought to have caused gas bottles to explode, fueling the flames even more.
Dramatic photographs in our reports, taken shortly after 04.00, show the row of restaurants from Kleo Bar by the beach, all the way to Yakamoz (Jimmy's) consumed by the flames. The restaurants were totally destroyed, both inside and outside.
Thankfully there are no reports of any casualties.
In the article below we report in words on the blaze and its aftermath. To view images of the scene, please click on the following two links:
Firefighters tackle blaze
It is thought that the fire started some time around 03.00. People are speculating on the cause of the fire, but as this has not yet been established with certainty we will not add to the speculation, however at this stage there is no suggestion that this was anything other than an accident.
The Jandarma were present this morning as were managers from the local electric company, who were no doubt keen to ascertain whether some kind of electrical fault may have played a part in last night's events.
Looking at the scene of devastation through the twisted and blackened metalwork, it is possible to see the original buildings that were hitherto masked by the temporary structures built by the restaurants.
The morning after
Smoke was still visible, emerging out of the chimneys and vents from what remained of the kitchens. The gloomy skies above reflected the dismal mood that hung over the street, still wet with water from the fire hoses.
Visit by the Mayor
The Mayor, Halil Kocaer, and several people from the Belediye visited to see first hand what had happened and talk to the restaurant owners.
It was heartbreaking to see the sadness etched on the faces of those caught up in this incident. But the mood of despondency was somewhat tempered by a feeling of relief that nobody had been injured.
He told us that it was impossible to get in to his restaurant to recover anything, as the blaze was too fierce.
Deniz Tekin, the owner of Seaport restaurant, told us that the first he realised there was a problem was when he looked out from the balcony of his home this morning and saw the flashing lights from the fire trucks in the distance.
He arrived to discover that everything in his restaurant had been destroyed.
Recovering from the blow
But as bad as things undoubtedly are now, the fact that this has happened out of season does mean that the overall impact is not as great as it would have been had it happened mid season. Although it is a daunting task, there is time to recover before the start of next season.
Given that there were plans to redevelop the harbour side, it will be interesting to see how the Belediye reacts to this fire in properties that they in fact own, and we await news on what will emerge from the ashes.
Quite apart from what the Belediye may do, we feel sure that the local community will rally round and support those affected.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the business owners and staff. May they quickly recover from this dreadful blow. We sincerely hope that they can bounce back in time for the new season. Geçmiş olsun.
For information, this article was originally published as one report including 22 photographs from the fire scene. The number of people reading this story has been extraordinarily high, and the exceptional demand on our servers has resulted in people being unable to open our web pages. We have therefore split the report into three parts, with the photographs now available by clicking on the links above.
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|Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014|