Sunday 26 February 2017

Six hikers die after being caught in forest fire in Indonesia

In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, hikers who managed to escape the forest fire on Lawu Mountain, rest upon arrival at Cemoro Sewu, East Java, Indonesia
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, hikers who managed to escape the forest fire on Lawu Mountain, rest upon arrival at Cemoro Sewu, East Java, Indonesia

Six hikers have died after being caught in a forest fire on a mountain in Indonesia, officials said.

At least three other hikers were severely injured in the accident on the slope of Lawu Mountain on the country's main Java island, said Yatmo, a spokesman for the local search and rescue agency.

The bodies of the victims were being taken to nearby hospitals, added Yatmo.

They were among more than a dozen hikers who were caught in a fire that raced through forests on the 10,700ft mountain on the border between East and Central Java provinces.

The blaze is believed to have been caused by a bonfire set by hikers.

Another hiking group of 13 senior high school students was evacuated safely, the Detik.com website reported.

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