A powerful explosion occurred at the Balongan oil refinery owned by the Pertamina company, an Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation, in the Indramayu area of West Java province on early Monday.
The cause of the explosion remains unclear, although Pertamina, the oil company that owns the Balongan refinery, highlighted in a statement after the incident that the blast occurred amid heavy rainfall and lightning.
Four people, who were nearby when the blast occured, were injured in a fire that erupted after the explosion. They were hospitalized with burns, according to a statement issued by Pertamina, while residents of neighboring districts were evacuated.
According to The Indonesia Antara news agency citing local emergency authorities, at least 20 people were injured in the fire, with five of them receiving serious burns..
The cause behind the massive blast remains unclear, although Pertamina outlined that at the time of the incident, it was raining heavily, with lightning.
Evacuated residents were housed in several government-owned facilities. Twitter users shared some footage online, saying that the Indramayu Regency government has opened the Pendopo Indramayu for the evacuated people.
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