23 people killed in Indonesia fireworks factory fire

The fire broke out at about 9am in an industrial complex in Tangerang, a satellite city of Indonesia's capital Jakarta. Firefighters were still battling the blaze in the mid-afternoon.

23 people killed in Indonesia fireworks factory fire

World Bulletin / News Desk

More than 23 people have been killed and dozens injured after a blaze tore through an Indonesian fireworks factory, police said on Thursday.

"There are 103 workers in total working for this factory, 43 are injured and being treated in three hospitals, the reamins of 23 victims have been found," Nico Afinta, director of general crime at Jakarta Police, told Kompas TV.

A firefighter on the scene said dozens of people were injured.

"Those who died are completely unrecognisable, totally burnt," Oni Sahroni told Metro TV.

Pictures showed the fire had collapsed parts of the building, scorched nearby cars and sent plumes of black smoke into the air.

Witnesses reported hearing two major blasts in the morning.

The factory -- part of a complex that borders a residential area -- had only been operating for one and a half months and all the victims are factory workers, Toni Rustoni, Kosambi, a local official, told  Metro TV.

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