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Oil tanker fire kills seven, injures 22 in Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
A fire on a crude oil tanker in Indonesia killed at least seven people and injured 22 others on May 11. The blaze occurred on the Jag Leela, an Indonesia flagged tanker which is docked for repairs at Belawan Port in North Sumatra.

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Topics: OIL    FIRE    INDONESIA   

The fire engulfed the vessel after two explosions were heard, sending large plumes of black smoke into the sky. Firefighters were able to evacuate some of the sailors who were on board at the time, however many were trapped for hours as emergency services fought the blaze.

The cause of the explosions and fire is yet to be determined. The fire began at around 08:30 local time and spread to a second tanker before firefighters were able to put the blaze out a few hours later at around 15:00.

The fire also spread from the deck of the Jag Leela to the remaining crude oil held in the ship's cargo, causing difficulties for firefighters.

According to Indonesia’s national news agency Antara News, the bodies of the deceased were taken to a local hospital in Medan for identification.

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