At least 17 people died, including two children, and others 50 are found injured when there was an explosion and a large fire in a fuel tank from the state energy company pertamine in the north of jakartacapital of Indonesia.
Many of the injured and deceased suffered severe burns, he told the news agency AFP the chief of the Fire Department, Satriadi Gunawan.
According to a preliminary investigation, the fire originated from the burst pipe during heavy rains, possibly because of the lightning strikestated Eko Kristiawan, area director of Pertamina. He claimed that the fire will not disrupt the country’s fuel supply.
The flames were not extinguished until hours later, said the chief of the Army General Staff, Dudung Abdurahman.
The fuel storage station is located near a densely populated area in the neighborhood of Tanah Merahin North Jakarta, which supplies the 25% of Indonesia’s fuel needs.
Kristiawan said the company helped the worker evacuation and neighbors in the area.
According to the videos and photos of the incident that circulated on social networks, a large fire with flames up to 30 meters and to numerous residents who were trying to flee the affected area.
According to the authorities, the deposit had the capacity to house some 300,000 kiloliters.
The Minister of State Enterprises of Indonesia, Erick Thorhirexpressed his condolences to the victims and their families and ordered Pertamina to thoroughly investigate the causes of the fire and focus on quickly helping the community.
“There should be an operational evaluation in the future. I will continue to monitor this case”Thohir stated in a statement.
In 2021 there was a massive fire at the refinery of balonganalso belonging to the company pertamine and one of the largest in the country, located in the west of the island of Java.
The place burned for two days, forcing the evacuation of about a thousand residents. The local disaster management agency reported one death from heart attack after an explosion.
The company pertamine was founded on December 10, 1957, and is a state-owned oil and gas company in Indonesia. The refinery has the capacity to process 125,000 barrels of oil to day thus being the largest in his country. The company also declared that it does not foresee interruptions in the supply of hydrocarbons in this Southeast Asian archipelago thanks to a high volume of inventories.
(With information from EFE, AFP and The Associated Press)
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