46 Killed, with dozens injured in a cracker unit fire in Indonesia
At least 46 people are known to be killed by a blast that took place in a cracker unit located on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. After the preliminary visit, the police stated, ‘there were bodies of workers at the back of the factory. The triggering explosions in the cracker unit sent black smoke into the air. The cluster of corpses indicates that the workers ran in panic to flee away from the flames’.
Firefighters who reached to the accident place stated that ‘few bodies were burnt beyond recognition’.
‘The blaze broke out in the morning. I and my friend saw people including women jumping from above. The scenes were terrifying and horrific. The police officers knocked down so people trapped inside can escape’, said a witness.
The fire that started in the morning has been brought down by late afternoon and the officials were working to find the missing people and identify those who are dead.
The locals demanded that the Company should pay compensation and must not ignore the victims. It is not uncommon for fires to breakout Indonesia. Many citizens work in factories which have a very poor safety standards. In 2005, a fire that ripped through a bar in Sulawesi Island killed 17 people.
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