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Palghar: Blast and fire in Maharashtra chemical plant

11 March, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC killing three and injuring five workers. Reuters

A major fire broke out after an explosion inside a boiler of a chemicals factory in Maharashtra's Palghar district last night, killing three people and injuring 13 others, police said.

"There may be more casualties".

Fire started in chemical unit and soon spread to 5 neighbouring plants. There were multiple explosions and fires reported, he added. All injured were shifted to a private hospital in Boisar, the officials informed. Preliminary reports suggest that the blasts occurred in 25 drums of 200-litre capacity belonging to Novaphene Speciality Limited, in their factory at Plot E-107, Boisar MIDC. The three deceased, identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath suffered severe blast impact.

The blaze gutted three other factories before it was controlled by fire engines, the Press Trust of India quoted Shinge as saying.

"Around 11:30 pm, we came to know about the incident". "If the units are found guilty, a recommendation will be made to the government to cancel their licences", he said. They include Novophene, Unimax, Arti, Prachi, Rasayan and Darbar.

The reverberations of the explosion were so intense that many people believed it was an quake and they stepped outside their homes late on Thursday night.

Local eyewitnesses said that the explosion, "sounding like a huge bomb" took place when many people were preparing to retire for the night.

Senior civil and police officials besides disaster management teams have rushed to the spot.

Tarapur Atomic Power Station, which is also situated on Boisar-Tarapur Road is around 20 kms away from the spot. The MIDC site is host to 1,100 chemical plants.

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