20 HURT AS HUGE FIRE EATS UP INDON OIL REFINERY IN WEST JAVA
A fire broke out at an oil refinery in Indonesia's West Java province on Monday, March 29, 2021, injuring 20 people and prompting the evacuation of nearly 1,000 residents, officials told Ahmad Pathoni of Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa).
The fire erupted just after midnight (1800 GMT) or 2 a.m. in Manila during a thunderstorm, said Ifky Sukarya, spokesperson for PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional, a subsidiary of the state-owned energy giant Pertamina.
"The cause of the fire is still unknown, but at that time it was raining hard accompanied by lightning," he said. "We are focusing on extinguishing the fire."
A total of 20 people were injured, including five seriously. Additionally, three people are not accounted for, said Dodi Dwi Endrayadi, the head of the local civil protection agency. Four students who were walking past the area when the blast happened were injured with serious burns.
Three people were missing after the explosion threw them into a rice field, Dodi said, citing information from witnesses. A resident died of an apparent heart attack after the blast, but was not injured in it, he added.
The fire hit a tank at the refinery, which has been shut down to prevent the flames from spreading, Pertamina said. The team has succeeded in isolating and cooling the area around the flashpoint, said Pertamina spokesperson Agus Suprijanto.