17 people died in a fire at a fuel station in Indonesia

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A fire broke out at the fuel station of the state-run energy company in Indonesia. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene. It was reported that 17 people, including a child, died and 50 were injured.

17 people died in a fire at a fuel station in Indonesia

At least 17 people were killed in a fire on Friday at a fuel storage station operated by a state energy company in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

The fire, which broke out at 8 p.m., burned some homes and panicked residents. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

A spokesperson for the storage station company said the fire was put out at 10.30 p.m.

However, in his statement on his Instagram account, the authority of the recovery station stated that the fire continued around the houses in the region.

While two of the dead were children, 50 people were injured, one of which was a child.

Most of the injured people suffered from burns and the government will pay for their medical treatment, Jakarta's acting governor Heru Budi Hartono told reporters.

Jakarta's disaster-mitigation agency said residents had been evacuated into nearby mosques.

Siswandi, a 21-year-old resident, said the scene "was chaotic, as we were running away alongside injured victims who were half burned, and it caused panic among people," adding that he was taking all of his valuable documents from his house.

Another resident said, “I was checking the site but there was no fire at the time but people were running away and said they smelled gas, and after that, all of a sudden 'boom' , an explosion. And that was the fire. We asked people to keep calm and be vigilant." 

The call centre of Jakarta's main fire station said it had dispatched 51 units to the Plumpang area in North Jakarta, adding that the fire was huge.

The company added in a statement that the cause of the fire continues to be investigated and evacuations are ongoing.

The company said the fuel supply for the Jakarta area remained secure as it planned to divert supply from other terminals.

The fuel station has a capacity of over 300,000 kilo-litres, according to the country's energy ministry.

(Reuters)

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