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Fire erupts at oil refinery in Indonesia


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Five people have been injured, and hundreds more evacuated after an oil refinery in Indonesia caught fire.

The Balongan refinery, run by oil firm Pertamina is one of the largest in the country and feeds fuel to the greater Jakarta area. The nearby village of Balongan has now been evacuated, with up to 500 residents being moved to evacuation centers.

In a virtual press conference earlier today, Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati said: “The fire is now under control and is expected to be fully extinguished in four or five days, there are no casualties (involving Pertamina staff) in the incident.”

Although there have been no confirmed deaths as a result of the fire, one worker at the refinery is said to have died after suffering a heart attack, and there are further reports of missing people following the explosion.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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