JAKARTA – At least 18 people were killed and 41 others injured on Wednesday after fire broke out in an oil well in the northwestern Indonesian province of Aceh in Sumatra, officials said.
Five buildings burnt down in the fire that broke out in the morning at an illegal oil well in Pasir Puti village, when several workers were cleaning up an oil spill caused by overproduction, according to the office of Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BPBD) in Aceh.
The BPBD said in a statement at 6:10 pm (1110 GMT) that the fire was yet to be extinguished.
Those injured and the bodies of the dead were taken to three hospitals in the region.
Indonesian authorities, firefighters and state-owned energy company Pertamina are jointly working to extinguish a column of fire more than 10 meters (33 feet) high, according to images released by the disaster agency.
The authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.
Illegal oil fields are not uncommon in Aceh province, which is rich in hydrocarbons.