Seven victims of N Sumatra lighter factory fire identified

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – The North Sumatra police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team has identified seven bodies from among 30 victims who died in a fire that gutted a lighter factory in Langkat District on Friday.

ANTARA learned on Saturday evening that the identified victims had been placed inside coffins and are to be handed over to the victims’ families.

The identified bodies belong to Shifa Oktaviana, 9; Rina, 15; Sahmayanti, 22; Vinkza parisyah, 10; Runisa Syaqila, 2; Bisma Syaputra, 3; and Zuan Ramadhan, 6.

Regarding the police investigation into the fire, the North Sumatra police have interrogated the owner of a house rented to a local businessman who managed the factory.

According to North Sumatra Police Spokesman Adjunct Senior Commissioner MP Nainggolan, the house owner, identified by his initials as SM, 40, faced police questioning because he had rented the house to BH, 37, a local businessman who runs the factory.

Speaking to journalists earlier in Medan, Nainggolan remarked that police investigators also cross-examined BH, in connection with the deaths of the 30 people, including five children, in the house he had used to operate the lighter factory.

Located in Sambirejo Village, Binjai Sub-district, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province, the lighter factory became engulfed in fire on Friday, claiming the lives of 25 adults and five children, who were trapped inside.

Nainggolan further remarked that police investigators of the Binjai Subdistrict Police Precinct had also questioned four workers — Dewi Novitasari, 29; Haryani, 30; Nuraidah, 24; and Ayu Anitasari — who survived the deadly fire.

Police investigators have also summoned two witnesses, identified as Agus, 45, and Selamat, 44, who reside in Sambirejo Village, he revealed.

According to the Langkat Disaster Mitigation Agency, the fire killed 30 people, including Nurhayati, Yunita Sari, Pinja, Sasa, Suci/Aseh, Mia, Ayu, Desi/Ismi, Juna, Dhijah, Maya, Rani, Alfiah, Rina, Amini, Kiki, Priska, Yuni, Sawitri, Fitri, Sifah, and Wiwik.

Source: Antara News