27 killed in firecracker factory fire near Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian forensic policemen work after a fire disaster in Tangerang Kota Banten province

Senior Commissioner Nico Afinta, the director of Jakarta Police's General Crimes Unit, confirmed 103 workers were employed at the factory and said emergency workers were still looking for missing employees.

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

Numerous 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.

A police report said the fire spread after an explosion and that the factory's roof had collapsed.

A firefighter on the scene said dozens of people were injured.

"I saw people including women were jumping from above".

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

One local resident, Beni Benteng said he heard an explosion, followed by the cries of people inside.

All the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.

"We are still investigating the cause of the fire and questioning witnesses", Mr Kurniawan told reporters.



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