"Until, Monday the number of mountain climber found dead on mountain slopes reached seven people . Most of them hailed from Ngawi," district police chief ASdj. Sr. Comr Johanson Ronald Simamora, told reporters here on Monday.
In addition there were two others suffering serious burn wound Eko Nurhadi (45) and Novi Dwi (14).
"They are in critical condition. Eko is treated at a hospital in Madiiun and Novi was rushed to a Solo hospital , Central Java.
The bodies of the dead victims were sent to the Magetan hospital for identification, Johanson said.
He said the victims were believed to have been trapped in the fire from the slopes and peak of mount Lawu in location between post 3 and post 4.
A rescue team made up of Perhutani officers, the Magetan disaster control agency , military and police is still searching for more victims .
The authorities believed there are still victims trapped in the forest fire.
Police would investigate the cause of the fire, Johanson said.
The mountain has been on fire for the last two weeks.(*)