No less than 16 folks have been killed and dozens injured in Indonesia’s capital Friday, after an enormous blaze broke out at a state-run gas storage depot earlier than firefighters introduced it underneath management, officers mentioned.
The raging inferno burned a number of homes, brought on folks to flee in panic and compelled the evacuation of residential areas close by the depot run by state vitality agency Pertamina in north Jakarta.
The Jakarta fireplace and rescue division mentioned 16 folks together with two youngsters have been killed within the fireplace, which injured at the least 50 extra.
Lots of these killed and injured suffered extreme burns after the fireplace broke out, division chief Satriadi Gunawan informed AFP.
The reason for the fireplace, which began after 8 pm native time (1300 GMT), was not clear.
The blaze was put out a number of hours after it began, military chief of workers Dudung Abdurachman informed reporters.
“The fireplace is already extinguished,” he mentioned.
Gunawan mentioned firefighters have been engaged on “cooling” the fireplace space after bringing it underneath management.
The navy chief Abdurachman and Pertamina mentioned they have been investigating the trigger.
“Pertamina is targeted on dealing with the fireplace and evacuating staff and residents close by to a safer location,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
The oil and gasoline agency’s chief govt Nicke Widyawati mentioned it could “conduct a full inner analysis… to forestall the reoccurrence of an analogous occasion.”
She mentioned the nation’s gas provide had not been disrupted, remaining safe by means of backup provides from the closest obtainable terminals.
– Second blaze in years –
Heru mentioned the Indonesian authorities would contribute to the therapy of the injured.
Erick Thohir, the nation’s minister of state-owned enterprises, expressed his condolences for these killed and injured.
“We’re all saddened by his tragedy,” he mentioned in a press release, calling on Pertamina to completely examine the incident.
Footage broadcast on TV confirmed folks screaming and fleeing by means of slim roads with a raging inferno within the sky behind them.
Firefighters have been additionally proven speeding to the scene to manage the blaze as ambulance staff transported physique luggage to hospitals.
Gunawan mentioned firefighters initially obtained reviews a pipe had burst on the depot and officers rapidly labored to include the blaze from reaching close by residential areas.
Jakarta’s essential fireplace station mentioned it had deployed 51 models and greater than 250 firefighters to the Plumpang depot in north Jakarta.
A fireplace broke out on the similar depot in 2009 and fires hit 40 homes close to the depot in 2014 however no casualties have been reported in both case.
In 2021 an enormous blaze broke out on the Balongan refinery in West Java, additionally owned by state oil firm Pertamina and one in all Indonesia’s greatest oil refineries.
The fireplace raged for 2 days and brought on 1000’s to be evacuated after an enormous explosion.
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