30 killed in Indonesia warehouse fire


No fewer than 30 people, including children have been killed after a fire ripped through a house-cum- matchstick factory in Indonesia.

“We don’t know what caused the fire but it has been extinguished,” head of North Sumatra’s disaster agency Riadil Lubis said, adding that at least three children were among the victims.

Pictures from the scene showed blackened corpses lying on top of each other, while TV footage showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the home in the town of Binjai in North Sumatra.

Deadly fires are not uncommon in Indonesia due to poor safety standards. In 2017, at least 46 people were killed and dozens more injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta.

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