12 Dead, 39 Injured In Explosion At Morowali Nickel Plant In Indonesia (Video)

Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion at a smelter furnace in Indonesia’s Morowali nickel industrial park, local media said on Sunday.

The blast on Sulawesi Island occurred during furnace maintenance at 5:30 a.m. (2130 GMT), the reports said.

A spokesperson for the complex said in a statement.

“The current number of victims is 51 people. 12 people died in the incident. There are 39 people with minor and serious injuries who are currently receiving medical treatment,” spokesperson Dedy Kurniawan said.

The statement said seven Indonesians and five foreign workers were killed, without identifying their nationalities.

An initial investigation showed the explosion happened during repair work on a furnace when a flammable liquid ignited and the subsequent blast caused nearby oxygen tanks to explode as well, the official said.

The fire was successfully extinguished on Sunday morning, according to the statement.

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