Massive fire engulfs Indonesian oil refinery after explosion | Indonesia

An enormous blaze has damaged out at one in every of Indonesia’s largest oil refineries after an enormous explosion turned the sprawling complicated right into a raging inferno.

Firefighters battled to include the fire on the Balongan refinery in West Java, operated by state oil firm Pertamina, as towering plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.

Not less than 5 folks had been critically injured and about 1,000 native residents had been evacuated from the scene after the fire broke out early Monday morning.

Smoke rises during fire at Pertamina’s oil refinery in Balongan
Smoke rises throughout fire at Pertamina’s oil refinery in Balongan {Photograph}: Antara Foto/Reuters

The native catastrophe company mentioned one individual had died from a coronary heart assault after the explosion.

About 15 folks had been barely injured and authorities mentioned they had been checking on the whereabouts of three others.

“To stop the fire from spreading we’ve shut down operations … and are placing our efforts into dealing with the blaze,” Pertamina’s president director Nicke Widyawati mentioned in a press release.

Night sky glows from the fire
Night time sky glows from the fire {Photograph}: AP

The reason for the fire was not clear, however the firm mentioned the blaze broke out throughout a lightning storm.

Pertamina mentioned it didn’t anticipate the fire to trigger gasoline provide disruptions as a result of excessive quantity of inventory it has available.

The sprawling refinery is about 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of the capital Jakarta.

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