Indonesia: fire in match factory leaves at least 30 dead

Indonesia fire match factory

Indonesia fire match factory — A terrible fire broke out this Friday in a match factory located in a house in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. At least thirty people died in the flames announced the local authorities during a new assessment.

The head of the emergency agency for North Sumatra, Riadil Lubis, said the investigators thought they had identified at least three children among the victims. The latter stated that the cause of the fire was not yet known, but that it had been extinguished.

First images released by the authorities showed burnt bodies and television images show black smoke coming from a house in the city of Binjai in northern Sumatra. “I was about to go to Friday prayers when I heard a big explosion,” said one resident of the city.

Occupational accidents are common in Indonesia due to the high number of workers in the informal sector and the lax implementation of regulations in the fourth most populous country in the world with more than 265 million inhabitants.

In October 2017 about 50 people were killed by a fire at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, 25 kilometers west of Jakarta.

On April 25, 2018, at least 18 people were killed and 41 injured in a fire in an oil well, which also razed five buildings in the Indonesian province of Aceh on the western island of Sumatra, according to official sources.

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The accident happened at dawn during the extraction process at an illegal oil deposit. “Several workers came to solve a problem of excess oil and an explosion occurred,” then said the office in Aceh of the Regional Management Agency of Disasters (BPBD, in Indonesian).

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Eid Lee

Eid is a freelance journalist from California. He covers different topics for The Talking Democrat but focuses mostly on technology and science.