Death toll from Japanese plant fire in Indonesia rises to 25

Baku, August 10, AZERTAC

Twenty-five people are now known to have died after a fire broke out at a factory run by a subsidiary of Japanese cosmetics maker Mandom Indonesia, a spokesman for the firm said on Monday, according to Kyodo News.

PT Mandom Indonesia Tbk's Corporate Secretary Alia Dewi has said more than 30 other workers from the factory, on the outskirts of Jakarta, are still being treated for burns and some of them are in a serious condition.

The fire broke out on July 10 when a gas explosion occurred at the aerosol production line area of the factory, located in the town of Bekasiin West Java Province, Mandom said.

Five employees died at the time, while the other deaths have occurred since.

Police are still investigating the case and interviewing witnesses.

Mandom built the facility to be a key production center in Asia to meet growing demand for cosmetics products in the region, including in Indonesia, at an investment of 498 billion rupiah (about $36.76 million). Its construction was completed in June.

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