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- Indonesian state oil firm Pertamina said on Tuesday (Mar 30) it was still trying to fully extinguish a fire that broke out at its Balongan refinery a day before, injuring six people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents.
- Pertamina chief executive Nicke Widyawati said late on Monday the fire had been contained to a small area, and she was optimistic it could be put out soon.
- “Yesterday we carried out an isolated fire control, (and) now we are taking an offensive effort to further extinguish the fires,” Ifki Sukarya, a Pertamina spokesman, said on Tuesday.
- About 950 people left their homes due to the fire and a resulting explosion at the plant on Java island on Monday, though some had started to return, according to the company.
- Videos shared on social media showed huge flames engulfing part of the 125,000 barrel per day facility, while a large explosion can be heard.
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Source: Bangkok Post