Update: 17 Killed, 18 Missing After Fire at Indonesia’s Fuel Storage

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Durian. Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Saturday confirmed 17 people were killed and 18 others are still missing due to fire broke on Friday evening at an integrated fuel storage operated by state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, 49 others are wounded and have beeen receiving medical treatments at several hospitals in the capital city. The agency also recorded 1,085 people are displaced in several shelters as well as staying at their relatives’ places.

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President Joko Widodo on Saturday according to a written statement, issued by Deputy Protocol, Press and Media Section at Secretariat President Bey Machmudin, has given his directives to related officials to evacuate victims and residents who are affected by the fire.

Separately, Pertamina said the fire has been extinguished after three hours. The fire was triggered by a leaking receiver pipe. Fuel distribution has resumed after the fire extinguished at 4am Jakarta time, according to VP Corporate Communication of Pertamina Djoko Santoso in the firm’s website statement.

Police said the receiver pipe was transferring fuel from Balongan Refinery to the integrated storage.

.The National Police’s DVI unit has been working to identify bodies of victims.

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