Dhaka: 1:52 AM, Thu, 17 Oct, 2019

Children among 30 killed in Indonesia matchstick factory fire

A K Azad : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-06-21 7:40:02 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-06-22 8:26:55 AM

International Desk: At least 30 people, including several children, were killed when a fire ripped through a private home that operated as a matchstick factory in Indonesia on Friday (Jun 21), authorities said.

Pictures from the scene showed blackened corpses lying on top of each other in the burnt-out house after the blaze, which authorities said broke out early Friday afternoon.

TV footage showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the home in the town of Binjai in North Sumatra, about 70km west of provincial capital Medan.

"We don't know what caused the fire but it has been extinguished," the head of North Sumatra's disaster agency Riadil Lubis told AFP, adding that at least three children were among the dead.

Binjai police chief Nugroho Tri Nuryanto said a gas canister explosion may have sparked the blaze, but added the cause still needed to be confirmed. _Agencies

risingbd/Dhaka/June 21, 2019/AKA