​PT Mandom factory fire death toll rises to 17

The death toll of the fire at the PT Mandom factory in Bekasi rose to 17 today.

The fire initially claimed the lives of 5 people on the day of the incident, but 12 others soon succumbed to their injuries while being treated at several hospitals.

The identity of the latest victim to pass away was not revealed.

“The fire injuries were too severe. Even though [their treatments] were optimal, they couldn’t be saved,” said Musyafak, head of the Jakarta Police’s Medical Department, as quoted by Kompas today. 

Musyafak added that 40 victims are still being treated for their burn injuries.

“The past week they went through the critical stages. Hopefully they can all be saved,” he said.

PT Mandom’s factory in Bekasi caught on fire on July 10, killing 5 and injuring 50 at the time. There has been no official word as to what caused the fire. 

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