At least three other hikers were also severely injured in the Sunday accident on the slope of Lawu Mountain, said Yatmo, a spokesman for the local Search and Rescue Agency.

The bodies of the victims are being evacuated to nearby hospitals, added Yatmo, who uses a single name.

The victims were among more than a dozen hikers who were caught in a fire that raced through forests on the 3,265-meter (10,712-feet) mountain located on the border between East and Central Java provinces.

The fire was believed to be caused by a bonfire set by hikers.

Another hiking group of 13 senior high school students was evacuated safely, reports stated.


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