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27 killed in firecracker factory fire near Jakarta, Indonesia

27 killed in firecracker factory fire near Jakarta, Indonesia

More than 100 workers were at the factory in a densely populated area of Tangerang, Banten province - about 25 miles west of Jakarta on the island of Java - when the explosion occurred.

The peace and order officer in the city, Saduni, said that all the injured are being treated in three nearby hospitals.

Police say the death toll could rise further as numerous dozens of injured have extensive burns.

All the victims were employees of the fireworks factory in Tangerang, just southwest of Jakarta, local fire department official Oni Sahroni told Metro TV.

Various parts of the building where the factory unfolded most of its activity collapsed after the fire spread with an incredible speed.

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Firefighters took hours to bring the blaze under control.

Witnesses said there were two explosions, both of which could be heard miles away.

Authorities say the factory had been in operation for about two months.

Diana, whose 15-year-old sister was seriously injured in the fire, said the company, Panca Buana Cahaya Sukses, must not ignore the victims.

Industrial safety standards in Indonesia are often low and rules poorly enforced.