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Tangerang factory explosion death toll rises to 49

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 30, 2017   /   04:50 pm
Tangerang factory explosion death toll rises to 49 Officers evacuate bodies of victims killed in a deadly blast in a fireworks factory in Kosambi, Tangerang, on Oct. 26. ( JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The death toll of a fireworks factory explosion in Tangerang, Banten province, rose to 49 following the death of Atin Puspita on Sunday evening.

Atin, 32, who suffered burns to 80 percent of her body, passed away, despite receiving intensive treatment for four days, tribunnews.com reported on Monday.

"Her family took her body this morning," said Lilik, spokesperson for Tangerang Public Hospital, where Atin was treated.

The factory explosion in Kosambi district was caused by sparks from welding equipment and struck fireworks, which were covered only by tarp, on Thursday.

The factory, operated by PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukses, had only one exit gate, causing difficulty during evacuation. Survivors managed to escape after local residents and firefighters tore down a wall.

The company employed 103 workers. Forty-four were injured, seven were safe and the fate and whereabouts of three others remain unknown.

Factory owner Indra Liyono was named a suspect by police, along with the company's operational director Andri Hartanto and welding equipment operator Subarna Ega. (fac)