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Jakarta Post

One neighborhood mourns 20 victims of Tangerang blaze

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 27, 2017   /   08:43 pm
One neighborhood mourns 20 victims of Tangerang blaze An aerial view shows the decimated fireworks factory in Kosambi, Tangerang. (Warta Kota/Alex Suban)

The factory inferno in Tangerang, Banten, has claimed the lives of at least 20 residents from the nearby village of Belimbing, including foreman Sutisna, his wife Rohini and 18 of their neighbors.

All of them were residents of the Gang Pipa neighborhood of Belimbing village in Kosambi and had begun to work for the factory in the past two months, according to Tamsir, the head of community unit RW 15 in the village. 

“Besides the 20 fatalities, four other residents [of the neighborhood] were badly injured and are still hospitalized, while five others have yet to been found,” Tamsir said. 

He added that Sutisna, the foreman at the factory owned by PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukes, had invited his neighbors to work at the factory.

During the accident, Rohini was also working at the factory. 

"While they [Sutisna and Rohini] were working, two of their children were left at home. The children are safe," Tamsir said, as quoted by 

PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukes reportedly employed 103 workers at the factory. 

At least 47 were killed in the fire and another 46 were injured. 

Twenty-six of them were still hospitalized at the Tangerang Public Hospital and the Bun Hospital as of Friday. 

Seven suspected victims of the explosion have not yet been found. (cal)