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3 arrested after Indonesian factory fire that left 30 dead

Jakarta, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Indonesian authorities arrested three people in relation to the fire that broke out on June 21 killing 30 people, including five children, at a residence operating as a match factory, official sources reported Monday.

Those arrested are the owner of the workshop and two supervisors, all of whom have been charged with negligent homicide for which they face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, North Sumatran Police spokesman Tatan Dirsan Atmaja told EFE.

According to Atmaja, the factory in Sumber Mulyo in the north of Sumatra island, did not have the necessary permits and the workers — mostly women — were trapped as the doors were locked during working hours.

The cause of the fire was a gas leak inside the house, Atmaja added.

Work accidents are common in Indonesia due to the high number of workers in the informal labor sector and the lax implementation of regulations in the world's fourth most populated country with more than 265 million people.

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