At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta, police said Thursday, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air.
Many of the charred corpses of victims were found clustered at the back of the factory in an industrial complex in Tangerang, police said, indicating there may have been a panicked rush to flee the flames.
“We are still evacuating victims… there are 46 body bags. The evacuation is ongoing,” Harry Kurniawan, Tangerang Kota police chief, told AFP.
The police revised the death toll down to 46 from their earlier figure of 47 but said about 10 people remained unaccounted for.
A firefighter at the scene said the victims had been burned beyond recognition.
“Those who died are completely unrecognizable, totally burnt,” Oni Sahroni told Metro TV.
Parts of the building collapsed after being gutted by the blaze, which scorched nearby cars and motorbikes. Witnesses reported hearing blasts erupt from the site.