Disasters & Accidents

At least 13 killed in Indonesia fuel depot fire

Jakarta, Mar 4 (EFE).- At least 13 people were killed and 29 were injured after an explosion and the subsequent massive fire at a fuel depot north of the Indonesian capital, owned by the state energy company Pertamina.

The fire, that began on Friday night, started in a pipe of the depot’s supply system, Pertamina’s communication in-charge Eko Kristiawan told reporters.

He added that the company had helped evacuate workers and local residents of the area.

Videos and photos of the incident showed a massive fire raging at the depot, with flames as high as 30 meters, and locals trying to flee from the densely populated area.

Authorities said that the depot had the capacity of storing around 300,000 kiloliters of fuel.

In March 2021, at least five people were killed and 950 had to be evacuated due to a fire in a Pertamina refinery in Balongan, situated in the West Java province. EFE


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