|Chemical Plant Fire
January 20, 2004
An explosion, followed by a fierce fire, at an Indonesian petrochemicals plant killed at least two people and injured 40 others on January 20, 2004. The blaze engulfed chemical tanks at the PT Petro Widada complex in Gresik, near Surabaya in East Java. It started when a machine at the plastic components plant overheated. Some tanks of ammonia exploded, forcing the evacuation of about 250 residents living in the vicinity of plant. At least five houses were burned down. The blaze destroyed two plants and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.