October 22, 2019 / 11:29 AM / a month ago

One killed in fire on Pertamina pipeline in Indonesia: fire official

An aerial view of a fire on a pipeline owned by PT Pertamina in Cimahi near Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, October 22, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Raisan Al Farisi/ via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A fire broke out on a pipeline operated by Indonesian state oil and gas company Pertamina [PERTM.UL] in West Java province on Tuesday, killing a Chinese construction worker, a local fire official said.

Pertamina halted fuel distribution through the pipeline temporarily, a company spokeswoman, Dewi Sri Utami, told reporters.

She said the company would not comment on the cause of the fire until after it has carried out an investigation and is focusing for now on putting out the blaze.

Video footage showed thick black smoke rising from one side of a highway and engulfing part of a busy toll road.

The construction worker who was killed was a crane operator, the local fire department official said by telephone.

Local media said the fire had broken after drilling work was carried out as part of the construction of a China-funded $6 billion high-speed railway project linking Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of West Java.

Reporting by Wilda Asmari, Sekar Nasly, Jessica Damiana; Additional reporting Tabita Diela; Editing by Susan Fenton and Timothy Heritage

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