Disasters & Accidents

Indonesia’s state oil refinery catches fire, 5 injured

Jakarta, Mar 29 (efe-epa).- Indonesian state oil company Pertamina Monday said it shut down temporarily its Balongan refinery in the West Java province as firefighters tried to control a blaze at the plant.

Five people were injured due to the fire, and some 950 residents evacuated.

The fire at the refinery, which can process 125,000 barrels per day, broke out on Sunday night.

The company said, in a statement, that the cause of the fire was not known. But there was a storm with heavy rain and lightning at the time it began.

Pertamina CEO Nicke Widyawati told reporters that all efforts at the moment focused on controlling the fire with the help of 10 firefighting engines.

He said five people were receiving medical treatment at a hospital while other victims with minor injuries have already returned home.

Pertamina asked residents in the area to remain calm and stay away from the location.

“When the incident occurred, there were five residents who were passing by. They suffered burns and were immediately referred for intensive care at a hospital.”

Despite firefighting efforts, the blaze raged throughout the night with huge flames.

Officials said the roadblocks in the vicinity were being carried out.

The inferno was still burning Monday morning, with television images showing a large column of black smoke rising from the scene.

Widyawati said fuel supply would not be affected due to the accident and urged people not to buy in panic for fear of shortages. EFE-EPA


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