efe-epaJakarta

At least 39 fishing boats burned in a fire that began early Monday in the port of Benoa in Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Authorities Monday ruled out fatalities or injuries in the blaze, which had not been extinguished by mid-afternoon.

The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said in a statement that the vessels belonged to at least three companies and some were privately owned.

Images released by the BPBD show a huge column of black smoke rising over Benoa Bay, which required the intervention of 11 fire service units.

Authorities have opened an investigation into the origin of the fire.

Tourism authorities expect the holiday island of Bali to attract seven million visitors this year.