13 dead and almost 40 injured in a fire at a steel mill in Indonesia

At least one devastating fire broke out at a nickel processing plant in Indonesia’s Morowali industrial park early Sunday morning 13 people were killed and almost 40 were injured.

The event started around 5:30 a.m. (local time) with an explosion during maintenance work on a furnace at a plant of PT Indonesia Tsingshan Stainless Steel, one of the 52 companies operating in this 3,000 hectare industrial area on the eastern side of the island of Celeb├ęs. According to an official statement from IMIP, the fire was brought under control shortly after 9:00 am.

Morowali, backed by BintangDelapan Group and Tshingshan Holding Group, is critical to Indonesia’s economic goals. These facilities produce nickel pig iron, stainless steel, carbon steel and other materials critical to the production of electric vehicle batteries. a national priority for investment and development.

IMIP spokesman Dedy Kurniawan confirmed that PT Indonesia Tsingshan Stainless Steel uses other furnaces. However, it did not provide any information on whether the fire affected production capacity.

Local authorities and emergency teams are currently investigating the causes of the incident The community is grappling with grief over the lives lost and concern over the impact on the country’s vital industry.

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